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2013 not year for mobile wallets in UK

 

Mobile wallet

Last year we heard quite a lot about mobile wallets, what will happen in 2013. As one might expect in the US it is becoming more available and consumers seem to be become more receptive,  more retailers are making the service available.

 

 

In the UK it is a little slower, it is available but only to limited extent. Consumers are still concerned about security, only limited number of phones have capability, and mobile contracts tie you in for up to 2 years. All this means that although mobile wallets will be available to some, for the majority of consumers  it is still a little time away. 

 

However, despite the above consumers are increasing using smartphones and tablets to access to information and buying  products and services on the internet. The impact of this is seen regularly on our TV screen with a number of well known brands going to the wall. So in the longer term I do believe that consumers will embrace the concept of mobile wallets – its a natural progression. If this is to be sooner rather than later the players in the arena such as mobile suppliers, banks, and retailers need to work together. Those slow to embrace the new technology will be left behind and if they are not careful end up on the evening news as another brand or supplier consigned to the history book.

 

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Are Mobile web users at the end of tether?

Some of you may be asking what this is all about. Well for a while the new generation of mobiles and smartphones have the ability to act as mini Wi-Fi routers – this is called tethering. This means that you can link laptops, phones and tablets to them and gain access to the internet for these devices.

Alongside this mobile operators are reducing the number of unlimited data bundles available. This is because with the increasing use of smartphones, data usage has sky rocketed. So increasingly the data packages are capped at 500MB or 1GB. What some operators have decided to do at the same time is charge extra for the privilege of tethering. So if you have a 500MB data bundle on your smartphone and you decide to enable tethering on the phone. Your operator may charge you extra outside you data bundle for the privilege of tethering.

The reality is that we are all using mobiles to access the internet more and more, and web browsing is more data-intensive on larger devices – tablets can use twice as much data as a mobile phone.

So why are they doing this? Well their business model is based on mobile broadband access being conducted via dongles or mini Wi-Fi hubs (Mifis). If we use tethering it will make these redundant and result in loss of income stream. So they charge us for tethering.

Some operators such as O2 and 3 have offered tethering without extra charge since earlier this year and Vodafone has just begun including it on new and updated contracts. Orange only lets iPhone customers do it and both Orange and T-Mobile charge more for packages that allows a personal hotspot to be switched on.

So if you are thinking of tethering – forewarned is forearmed if you wish to kerb your mobile costs make sure you know what operators policy is on tethering.

 

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45 per cent of UK Internet users have accessed the mobile web

The UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONC) has reported that almost half (45 per cent) of all Internet users have accessed the mobile web in 2011. This showed that 71% 0f 16-24 year old age group accessed the Internet via a mobile phone which should come as no surprise. This figure is up from 44 per cent in 2010. The group least likely to access the mobile web were net aged 65 or over. What is far more interesting is the fact that  4.9 million people, or 13 per cent of Internet users, connected to wireless hotspots provided in public places such as restaurants, hotels or airports.

 

Also the survey shows not surprisingly that Social Media website usage is increasing year on year especially by  younger age groups. Another concerning factor is that the disabled are not taking part in this increased usage of the internet. This is sad as it one means by which they could participate and have easy access to the internet and all it can do for them.

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Mobile broadband survey reveals UK notspots

A new BBC survey has shown that many areas of the UK are still receiving unreliable mobile broadband connections. This survey shows that there are many mobile broadband notspots still existing across the UK, which includes a number of major towns and cities. This is the most extensive conducted survey well beyond any scale seen by the mobile industry in this country or any other.

 

 It includes more than 44,000 volunteers provided data for use in the analysis,which revealed that testers were only able to receive a 3G signal 75 per cent of the time, despite operator claims of 90 per cent coverage or more. The performance  from different operators varied greatly greatly from region to region.

 

 Broadband is becoming increasingly important as tool for both businesses and households in the UK and this survey shows how patchy it can be in more rural areas. What is also interesting that there are patchy areas even in some urban areas as well. It will place the providers in a spot light and will hopefully encourage them to be a little more honest about their respective coverage. This will mean that consumers will be able to make amore informed decision as to which network suits their needs. Such transfarency can only benefit us all in the long run.

 

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Are small businesses in the UK making the best use of the Internet?

UK businesses are falling behind on the money to be made using the internet.

Research shows small firms in the UK make more than £36 billion a year through web related revenue, but many more are missing out on this business opportunity. As many as 46% of small businesses were not capitalising on the potential internet business, and over 30% are not investing in internet tools to help get into this business opportunity.

All this is made more difficult as UK broadband speeds fall behind those of our competitors despite the Government promise to invest and improve broadband speeds over the next 5 years. We are told nowby the government that by 2015 two thirds of UK will have access to faster broadband which is pleasing to hear. What they do not say is that only a few months ago this was stated as being 90% by 2015. EU goal is to have this by 2013, so we see already the UK is falling further and further behind. This cannot bode well for our future growth as a nation at time when our economy needs as much help as possible.

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