Mobile commerce reaching tipping point around the world


Mobile commerce report highlights the growth of mobile commerce and banking

Mobile commerce has reachedmobile commerce growth around the world a proverbial tipping point, according to a new study from TNS Global, a leading market research firm. Over the past few years, mobile commerce has, indeed, become more popular with a wide range of consumers. This is largely due to the massive investments that have been made into the mobile commerce industry from large companies like Google and Visa. Despite some problems concerning security and accessibility, mobile commerce has managed to gain the favor of consumers around the world.

Mobile Life 2012 report shows consumers are highly interested in new forms of commerce

According to the study, which is titled “Mobile Life 2012,” approximately half of all mobile consumers throughout the world are interested in mobile banking services, with another 45% are interested in making mobile payments using their mobile devices. This interest spans throughout the global marketplace, with consumers from Asia, the Americas, Europe, and even Sub-Saharan Africa showing intense enthusiasm for mobile commerce and similar services.

Growing economies mean higher prevalence of mobile technology

In terms of mobile banking, interest largely comes from consumers in China, Sub-Saharan Africa, and developing parts of the Asian market. These markets represent significant expansion in regards to mobile technology. As the economies of the countries within these markets grow more robust, consumers are gaining access to mobile devices, as well as their associated services. The study suggests that growing interest in mobile banking services will lend hype to mobile commerce initiatives.

Consumers still not willing to abandon traditional banking and commerce systems

Mobile commerce and banking are becoming so popular due to t he convenience that is attributed to the two concepts. Having the ability to conduct business using nothing more than a smart phone or tablet is a very attractive prospect for many consumers. The study notes, however, that many of these consumers are not inclined to abandon traditional forms of banking and commerce just because they have access to the mobile variety.

Vodafone teams with Visa to expand mobile commerce


Vodafone to launch new mobile commerce application in 2013

Vodafone Australia, oneMobile Commerce Visa and Vodafone Partnership of the country’s leading mobile network operators, has teamed with Visa to launch the Vodafone SmartPass, which will be available to consumers next year. Vodafone has taken note of the growing interest Australian consumers are showing in mobile commerce and is taking steps to provide consumers with new service that align with the demands of customers. Visa is also keen to meet the rising demand for mobile commerce and has been working to develop a platform that consumers can use to make payments with their smart phones.

Application allows for mobile purchases

The Vodafone SmartPass is a mobile application developed for the Android platform. The application allows users to make purchases using the financial information associated with a prepaid account. Though the Vodafone SmartPass can access the information associated with this account, the application does not create the account itself. Consumers will need to attain an NFC-enabled SIM card from Vodafone in order for the application to work properly.

NFC SIM card adds extra layer of security

The NFC SIM card contains a blank account that can be filled with cash from consumers. This is meant to add an extra layer of security to the platform, addressing some of the concerns consumers have had recently regarding the overall safety of mobile commerce. The prepaid account is not capable of drawing money from an existing bank account. As such, consumers will need to manually refill their accounts if they make regular purchases, or they can set up a specific date when their account will be filled automatically, per approval.

Scarcity of NFC-devices may slow growth of mobile commerce

Minor purchases can be made with a simple wave of a smart phone, while larger purchases will require additional authorization. Vodafone and Visa expect that mobile commerce will continue to generate hype and become a more popular practice amongst consumers. NFC-enabled mobile devices are still rare, however, so the growth of mobile commerce may be slowed until these devices become more available to consumers around the world.