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4G could be a boon for mobile commerce

Mobile Commerce UK 4G speeds may make mobile commerce a major success in the UK

Mobile commerce is on the rise in the United Kingdom and the success of retailers focusing more on mobile payments may rely heavily on Internet speeds. Mobile Internet is still in a state of infancy throughout much of the world. High-speed 4G connections are still somewhat rare, despite rampant demand for such a service. While telecommunications companies are putting a great deal of effort behind making 4G more widely available, delays in high-speed mobile Internet access could mean missed opportunities for UK retailers.

Retailers beginning to become more accommodating of mobile commerce

Retailers throughout the United Kingdom are becoming more inclined to support mobile commerce in a variety of ways. As consumers become more reliant on their mobile devices, they are beginning to find their smartphones and tablets useful for shopping and similar activities. Mobile shopping is quickly becoming a very popular trend among many consumers, according to a recent study from eBay Europe. The study suggests that access to 4G speeds could lead to a universal surge in mobile commerce as consumers find services easier to use.

eBay predicts surge in mobile shopping

eBay Europe predicts that the expansion of 4G availability could cause mobile shopping to spike by 113%. High-speed connectivity means that mobile commerce services are easier to use. This also means that mobile payments can be processed more quickly, eliminating the waiting period that could potentially lead to some payments being lost in virtual limbo because of a connectivity issue with a mobile network. Along with  a surge in mobile shopping, eBay Europe predicts that high-speed Internet could lead to more sales.

High-speed Internet could lead the way for higher sales

eBay anticipates that 4G connectivity will help mobile commerce reach more than $2 billion in sales in the coming years. Access to high-speed Internet makes it easier for consumers to find products they are interested in. It also makes it easier for consumers to purchase these products and continue shopping, thereby increasing the amount of money people are willing to spend while shopping online with their smartphones and tablets.

New report highlights mobile commerce and evolving Internet trends

Mobile Commerce ReportReport sheds light on the evolution of the Internet and mobile commerce

comScore, a leading Internet analytics company, has released the latest edition of its annual report detailing emerging Internet Trends. The 2013 U.S. Digital Future in Focus report sheds light on how the Internet is changing and how these changes are affecting the way it is used by consumers. Notably, the Internet is becoming more mobile, due to the widespread proliferation of smartphones and tablets, as well as the expanding availability of high-speed mobile networks that facilitate a constant connection to the Internet. Mobile commerce is also featured in the new report.

Consumers beginning to favor mobile search

According to comScore, consumer search behavior is changing. General purpose search engine queries declined by 3% from 2011 to 2012, with the number of consumers moving toward vertical search sites and mobile search applications growing. Consumers are becoming more direct with their searches, as well, focusing on things that are more specific to their interests, such as finding restaurants that serve a particular type of food rather than just restaurants in general.

Mobile everything is becoming more important

The report shows that the mobile Internet is becoming more important. Smartphones now outnumber feature phones for the first time in the history of mobile technology. Digital media is beginning to migrate away from favoring desktop computers to catering to the needs of mobile consumers. Online companies are beginning to address the demands of mobile consumers by providing them with mobile commerce services, engaging them in mobile marketing campaigns, and providing them access to new applications that make it easier to find the products and information they are interested in.

Mobile commerce adoption is accelerating

The report highlights the growing interest consumers are showing in mobile commerce as well. The concept of mobile commerce has proven attractive for many because of the convenience it conveys. comScore notes that the adoption of mobile commerce is accelerating and may soon come to dominate the mobile space. The report also suggests that mobile commerce will have a profound impact on traditional brick-and-mortar stores in the future as consumers begin to favor online shopping.