Brits spent £7.5bn via mobile in 2012

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According to the IMRG Capgemini Quarterly Benchmarking survey, £62.4 billion was spent at online retail sites. Not surprisingly, a significant wedge came from phones and tablets. Between Q1 and Q4 2012, sales via mobile devices went from 8.2 per cent to 15.4 per cent. They were four per cent in 2011. “While we are starting … Read more

OPINION: Can mobile save the high street?

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This Christmas shopping season will be all about consumer adoption of mobile and tablet devices. While the proportion of consumers actually using a mobile to make a purchase remains a minority — just 28 per cent of US and 25 per cent of UK respondents said they have done so in our 2012 survey —  this group … Read more

MBTA launches US’s first ‘train tickets by smartphone’


Customers can now purchase and then display rail tickets and passes using the The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s mTicket app for iPhone and Android (Blackberry coming soon). The tickets are displayed as an encrypted barcode and as a ‘human readable’ ticket. They can buy the tickets with their phones too, via credit or debit card, … Read more

Kenyans transacted $26bn via M-Pesa in 2014, says Central Bank


New data from Central Bank of Kenya showed M-Pesa spend from Jan to Nov 2014 hit 22.4 billion. The bank reckons the 2014 total was $26bn. The total includes paying for hotel and electricity bills, buying fuel, shopping in supermarkets, paying rent and school fees, besides sending and receiving money. Actually, the Nov figure of $2.25bn was … Read more