Total System Services Inc. faces "very little direct competition" for the mobile phone card acceptance service it introduced last week, according to Nick Holland, a senior analyst for Aite Group.

TSYS said its MobilePASS service is aimed at such on-the-road merchants as plumbers and pizza delivery people. It would enable them to accept payment cards through smart phones. Merchants download the acceptance application from the processor's Web site and pay a fee to gain the merchant ID needed to accept payments.

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