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MobiKwik mobile wallet user total jumps by 2 million in 2 days

As the Modi government forces a more cashless society, consumers have skipped plastic in favor of apps.

In India, Prime Minister Modi’s government suddenly eliminated two of the most commonly used monetary notes, providing a huge opportunity for the MobiKwik mobile wallet. As the country scrambles to ensure they have enough cash in their hands, mobile payments have become a fast alternative.

As a result, MobileKwik saw a sudden rush of new users, totaling 2 million in under 2 days.

The MobiKwik mobile wallet was already the largest in India. It saw the opportunity and rapidly launched a lighter version of its app, called the MobiKwik Lite. When it launched, it experienced more than 2 million downloads in less than the first two days. This trend is only expected to continue – though perhaps not as dramatically – as the nation continues its direction toward being cashless.

MobiKwik Mobile Wallet - Mobile User TotalWithout the old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, people rapidly looked to their smartphones to make sure they would have enough money to be able to make payments. The new MobiKwik Lite mobile app was designed to ensure that even the most basic smartphones and limited data connections would support it.

MobiKwik mobile wallet is determined to keep up with demand as more consumers download and sign on.

“We are committed to support the Government of India`s mission of a clean, cashless economy and launched MobiKwik Lite with an objective to help masses across the country go cashless,” said Upasana Taku, one of MobiKwik’s co-founders. Taku went on to say that “So far, we have registered over 20 lakh users and the number is growing significantly by the hour.” Taku pointed out that this high rate of new user sign-ups is a direct illustration that a product that is well timed and designed “resolves a real issue,” and will become a mainstream hit.

This mobile app, which is available in Hindi and English, also makes it possible for users to receive payment requests and send funds by way of SMS. This new lighter version of the MobiKwik mobile wallet is offering all users free bank transfers until March 31, 2017.

India’s mobile payments ecosystem is beginning to mature

Mobile payments continue to see strong growth throughout India, largely due to the availability of mobile wallets

India’s mobile commerce ecosystem is maturing at a rapid pace. In 2015, consumers throughout the country began realizing the benefits associated with mobile payments technology. The most notable benefit of this technology can be found in mobile wallets, which serve as digital versions of their physical counterparts. These wallets can be used to store a wealth of information, including financial details and special deals being offered by merchants. Mobile wallets have helped power the growth of the mobile payments space in India.

Mobile wallets have become quite popular with consumers

Currently, there are 12 mobile wallets available in India, coming from Paytm, MobiKwik, Oxigen, M-Pesa, and mRupee. Throughout India, some 125 million people use these mobile wallets, with Paytm accounting for the largest share of these consumers. Research and consultancy firm RNCOS recently released a study concerning the mobile wallet market in India. The study found that Indian consumers are quite interested in mobile payments, which has lead to a dramatic rise in the demand for digital wallets.

Mobile wallet market expected to reach $183 million by 2019

Mobile Payments Mature in IndiaAccording to the study from RNCOS, India’s mobile wallet market currently stands at $53 million. The market is expected to reach $183 million by 2019. Several companies are beginning to provide mobile payments services to consumers. As more people gain access to smartphones and tablets, they are becoming more active in the mobile commerce space. This has created an incentive for retailers and other businesses to support mobile payments in order to effectively engage consumers that are becoming increasingly mobile-centric.

More consumers are gaining access to smartphones and bank accounts

Some 400 million new consumers will have smartphones and bank accounts in the near future, making India a very attractive mobile commerce market. Retailers and financial institutions are expected to take advantage of this by offering new services that appeal to the needs of consumers. Competition may ensure that innovation comes to the mobile payments market, allowing mobile wallets to become more capable than they are currently.