Posts Tagged ‘ m-commerce ’

Transactions of mobile money rise in Europe

 

Both mobile operators and banks are turning to mobile transactions to foster loyalty and drive revenues, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan. Ranging from vouchers and bank balance checks to remitttance and top-up payments, mobile money is finally coming to fruition in both the banked and unbanked sector, while near field communication (NFC) promises to be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, claims F&S.

The report – Money in Mobile – European Transactions – estimates the mobile money market in Western Europe to grow to 4 to 5 billion Euros by 2013. The research examines both the banked and unbanked sectors and segments mobile money into four areas, namely: non-NFC based m-payments, mobile banking, remittance, and NFC based m-payments.

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RIM introduces BlackBerry App World

In an attempt to counter the successful Apple App Store, RIM has now launched BlackBerry App World, the online store where you can download a broad range of applications for your BlackBerry smartphone.  At the moment, about 1.000 applications are available for consumers in the US, UK and Canada.  Other international territories will soon follow.  In addition to user reviews, complete screenshots, and app descriptions, the store will enable BlackBerry users to recommend applications to contacts via e-mail, PIN, SMS or BlackBerry Messenger.

BlackBerry App World has sorted his downloads in 13 categories: Entertainment, Games, Maps and Navigation, Music and Video, News and Weather, Personal Health and Wellness, Personal Finance and Banking, Productivity and Utilities, Professional and Business, Reference and eBooks, Social Networking and Sharing, Sports and Recreation, and Travel.  The option My World keeps an overview of all the user’s downloads, with possibility to uninstall, re-install and premium application transfers.

More details in this press release and on the BlackBerry website.

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Order your Subway sandwich by SMS

The American sandwich chain Subway has launched Subway Now, a new mobile service which allows  consumers in the New York City region to order their sandwich by text message.

Customers must first register on the Subway Now website and enter their credit card information and a list of favourite sandwiches.  Once registered, they can order by SMS and Subway replies with a confirmation and the pickup time.  However, Subway doesn’t work with home delivery, so the consumer still has to go to the shop to pick up his sandwich.  Since the sandwich is already paid for, he won’t have to queue at the counter though.

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Kapaza goes mobile

Kapaza, the largest Belgian e-commerce site to buy and sell goods for free, has launched his own mobile site. On m.kapaza.be you can easily search by keyword or by category and then browse through the thousands of ads. Like the web version, it is possible to react to an ad and make a bid. However, the mobile version doesn’t have the option to place your own ad.

Kapaza goes mobile

10 million downloads in iPhone App Store

Last Thursday, a day before the iPhone 3G took the world by storm, Apple introduced the iPhone App Store, where iPhone users can download “applications in every category, from games to business, education to entertainment, finance to health and fitness, productivity to social networking.”   Check the Apple site for more info.

After the first weekend, Apple announced it sold 1 million iPhone devices
At the same time, the App Store counted more than 10 million downloads.  

In other iPhone news: Mobistar has launched a mobile site for iPhone users: http://iphone.mobistar.be
The portal contains a search function and links to mobile internet sites.  The amount of offered services is still low, but Mobistar promises to add more soon.

Apple brings new DVD releases to mobile

Apple has announced that new movie releases will now be available in the iTunes store on the same day as their DVD release.  Movies can be previewed, purchased and watched on the iPhone, iPod classic, iPod nano with video and iPod touch devices.

Press release

Ring tones decrease, ringback tones on the rise

In December, we already reported the decline of the ringtone market. Recent study by BMI predicts that this market will further decrease in 2008, generating approximately $510 million in the US. This is a 7% (or $40 million) decrease compared to 2007.

Better news is that ringback tones are gaining popularity. A ringback tone is a song that is performed to the caller when they call a participating mobile subscriber. BMI projects US sales of ringback tones to surpass $210 million in 2008, which is a lot higher than earlier predictions.

“The market for ringback tones has grown stronger than we originally forecasted last year,” said Richard Conlon, BMI Vice President, “As we forecasted last year, the ringtone market continues to decline as the novelty phase wears off and lower-priced substitutional products come to market.”

Press release