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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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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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Will Smartphones take over the world?

 

This may seem an odd question, but more and more of us around the world are using Smartphones. Already Australia has more  mobile phones than people. Countries with large population such as China and India the number of mobiles isaround 900 million and 800 million respectively. What I also find interesting is that it is not just younger people that are picking up their Smartphone and get online but also the over 50’s with one in five using them. If you read this article their are some very interesting statistics to be found.

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How UK broadband uptake compares to rest of Europe

 

UK shows that it leads Europe on the uptake of broadband across anumber of parameters. The only parameter we do less favourably is online bidding for public sector tendering. The UK government have been critisised on this point in the past. This shows inconsitency across government departments considering they making so much about widening broadband – or all this just hype by government because it looks good!

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Mobile wallet offered to UK shoppers – useful or just an expensive way to buy goods and services.

The introduction of paying with your mobile wallet  has initially been launched by Orange and Barclaycard using ones mobile phone.

This shows how important mobile phone and the mobile broadband are becoming and their increasing importance  in our lives. Some say the internet is like oxygen almost an essential for living. Will same apply to the mobile internet and the mobile wallet?

Where will this lead – will we be throwing out our laptops in the future, probably not but they will certainly change. We have already seen the introduction of Ipad1 & 2 by Apple followed by other manufacturers equivalents. Touch screens laptops are here to stay. Acer have a laptop with two touch screens one of which can be used as a keyboard along with other novel ways of moving information, pictures etc. Smart mobile phones are increasingly popular with iPhone4 and Samsung Galaxy S2 in the lead, with others in the market palace.

Smart phones have led to an increase in use of mobile broadband to purchase goods and services. The increase of donations to charities via internet is just one example of this.

This change is fascinating and exciting, it is important to use this technology to help us. I know from personal experience, you can rush out and buy the latest technology only to find it does not live up to the hype. Research it, work out how you can use it on a daily basis, cost it fully, and then make an informed decision, only then will it be a useful tool for you.

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Is this pie in the sky or where the future lies for the internet in our homes and businesses? Clearly this is only where research is today and it will probably be some years before this can become reality in our daily lives. But even if we only get a fraction of this speed it will be a huge change from today’s speeds.

The importance of this scientific research is that it is theoretically possible, but theory and reality are often two different things. It paints a picture of what the future might hold. If in the late 1950’s someone had said we would walk on the moon many people would have said you were mad – so who knows where the future internet speeds will end up. It can only improve the question is by how much?

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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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