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Google report predicts bright future for mobile commerce

Mobile commerce may thrive as more consumers get their hands on smartphones

Canadians are becoming more reliant on their smartphones, according to a new report from Google, called “Our Mobile Planet: Canada.” Smartphones have established themselves as a powerful tool for many consumers who use them for business and entertainment. These devices have grown in popularity because they offer many services in a single platform that could only be found in numerous platforms in the past. The report shows that Canadians are more likely to throw away their televisions than part with their smartphones, and this could be a good sign for mobile commerce.

Smartphones continue to gain popularity among consumers

Smartphones initially became popular because they streamlined social interaction and provided consumers with access to a multitude of applications, which themselves made certain tasks more efficient and convenient for users. Today, smartphones and their features are very common and many consumers have become numb to the features they have become accustomed to using on a daily basis. Mobile commerce has managed to rekindle some of the excitement that smartphones had once embodied and many consumers are showing a great deal of interest in shopping online and paying for products with their mobile device.

Google Mobile Commerce Report - Canadians and smartphonesReport shows that more consumers are participating in mobile commerce

According to Google’s report, approximately 56% of the Canadian population uses a smartphone, with eight in 10 of these consumers claiming they would never leave home without their mobile device. The report shows that most smartphones are used for social media and entertainment, but a growing number of consumers are using their smartphones to shop online. Currently, three-quarters of Canadian smartphone users have used their mobile device to shop online, with 27% purchasing a product using their device. Approximately half of consumers make an online purchase with their mobile device at least once a month.

Despite smartphone adoption, mobile commerce sees modest growth

The report shows that smartphone ownership is on the rise in Canada. This is likely to have a significant impact on mobile commerce in the future as more people with smartphones will take to shopping online. Canada is currently home to several mobile commerce initiatives that are looking to encourage consumers to purchase products with their mobile devices. So far, however, mobile commerce has only experience slow growth throughout the country.

EnStream teams with RIM to make mobile commerce more secure

 EnStream works to make mobile commerce in Canada secure

EnStream, a mobile solutions provider based in Canada, has reached a deal with Research In Motion (RIM), creators of the BlackBerry platform, concerning a new system that could make mobile commerce in Canada more secure. In 2009, EnStream, which is comprised of Canada’s three largest telecommunications companies, introduced the Zoompass mobile payment platform. The platform enables consumers to use their smart phones to pay for goods and services. As mobile commerce becomes more popular, security concerns are threatening to derail mobile payments in Canada, thus RIM has been tapped for its acclaimed security technologies.

RIM technology will help EnStream create new services

Through this new deal, EnStream will be able to make use of RIM’s Secure Element Manager, a system that will allow the company to manage the credentials of NFC-enabled smart phones in Canada. This move comes after EnStream finalized the sale of Zoompass to Paymobile, thus opening up the companies resources for the development of a new mobile commerce platform that may be better suited for the latest generation of NFC-enabled mobile technology. BackedMobile Commerce by RIM’s technology, the company may be able to help bring more security to mobile commerce in Canada.

Security continues to be serious concern for consumers

Security is one of the most significant problems facing mobile commerce today. Consumers have shown interest in the concept of their mobile devices doubling as payment platforms, but have also expressed extreme concern regarding the safety of their financial information. Security faults with NFC technology and the fact that many mobile commerce platforms can be easily exploited by hackers has caused some turmoil in the burgeoning industry. EnStream believes that bringing more security to the industry may also provide it will more stability.

EnStream to bring mobile payment services to MTS customers

EnStream has also signed an agreement with Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) to bring its mobile payment technology to MTS customers by 2013. Once these services have successfully been incorporated into the MTS network, customers will be able to make purchases for goods and services using EnStream’s technology, as long as they have NFC-enabled mobile devices.