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SK Telecom launches new hands-free mobile payments service

New service will allow consumers to make mobile transactions without using their hands

South Korean telecommunications company SK Telecom is launching a hands-free mobile payments service that features its own rewards program. The new service, called T Pay, has already accrued 100,000 subscribers, who will be able to make use of its Bluetooth technology to make payments without having to hold their mobile devices. All purchases made through the service will be charged to customer’s existing mobile phone bills and consumers above the age of 19 will have a $427 purchasing limit through the service every month.

Mobile commerce is gaining popularity among younger consumers

Approximately 65% of T Pay’s current subscribers are aged in their 20s and 30s. Among this demographic, mobile payments have become quite popular. Many of these people are relying heavily on their mobile devices to shop online and in physical stores and the demand for loyalty programs is growing among consumers. SK Telecom is looking to take advantage of growing interest in mobile commerce in the hopes to establish more success in this sector. Competition in this market is quite fierce, however, which has lead SK Telecom to develop an innovative new service in order to establish a competitive edge.

Voice commands will be used to make mobile transactions through T Pay

SK telecom - Mobile PaymentsAfter downloading the T Pay application, consumers can purchase items with a simple voice command. A store’s point-of-sale system would collect payment information from a mobile device’s Bluetooth technology. Cashiers would identify a user through the use of a nickname and a mobile phone number, which would appear on the screen of their point-of-sale system. SK Telecom believes that this is one of the most economical and convenient ways for consumers to make purchases in physical stores.

Loyalty program may make T Pay more attractive to consumers

Customers that use T Pay to make purchases will also gain access to special discounts through the T Membership program. The program is designed to reward consumers for their loyalty to the new mobile payments service. Such programs have been in high demand recently, as mobile consumers want more value out of the new payment services that they are making use of.

Wearable technology may pose health risks

Medical experts warn that wearable devices could be dangerous to a user’s health.

The arrival of wearable technology may be exciting for many consumers, but some doctors and scientists are not as thrilled about the idea of this technology becoming popular because, according to Fox News, some medical experts say that those who wear these devices are putting their health at risk.

The concern is that wearables will increase a person’s exposure to radio waves.

Due to the fact that it is likely that those who use wearable devices, such as health monitors, fitness trackers, smartwatches, smartglasses, etc. are already using other mobile devices like tablets, smartphones or laptops, at the same time, this can increase their exposure to radio waves.

The director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the UC Berkeley Prevention Research Center School of Public Health, Joel M Moskowitz, Ph.D, said that “Wi-Fi is very similar to cellphone radiation. You definitely don’t want to put these devices near your head or near your reproductive organs” for long periods of time.

Wearable technology is more likely to result in sustained RF exposure despite Bluetooh technology.

Wearable Technology - Health RiskSince many scientific studies have already alerted consumers and industry leaders to the fact that various devices emit microwave radiations, the majority of tech companies have resorted to using Bluetooth technology in an effort to avoid health risks. Bluetooth emits lower radiofrequency (RF) levels in comparison to other gadgets that heavily rely on Wi-Fi and most wearables use this technology.

According to Cloud Tweaks, a leading Cloud informational portal, the chairman of Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Hugh Taylor, noted that even though most wearables utilize Bluetooth tech, which has decreased radio waves, the energy emitted from the devices can still build up in the body.

Taylor said that “I worry that wearables may increase our total exposure.” He added that “All that radiation will be adding up. Wearables are something more likely to keep on your body, so you’re more likely to have a sustained exposure.”

In spite of the concern medical experts may have regarding wearable technology and the potential health threat they pose in regard to increased RF exposure, further study is needed.