A key channel for future growth of mobile money services is their use for merchant payments. Through mobile money, customers are able to easily make payments for goods without the need for cash.
Our latest survey ‘Consumer Attitudes to Mobile Banking & Contactless Payments: UK’ provides unique insights into consumer usage and attitudes, together with indications for the future adoption of services.
Following a number of negotiations and policy reversals with state governments and operators, the EU Parliament finally voted in October 2015 to end mobile roaming charges in the EU by 2017. The EU roaming regulation adopted over the years has established caps on mobile tariffs and an automatic safeguard against data roaming bill shocks and for price transparency.
LINE Corporation has announced that it is to secure its OTT application, LINE, with the highest grade of security in the OTT messaging space. LINE is Japan’s most popular messaging application, with over 600 million users worldwide.
NFC payments in the UK have received a long-awaited fillip in the form of the launch of Apple Pay. The July 14 launch, coming some 8 months after the service made its US debut, had a few predictable hiccups – there was considerable confusion about which cards and banks were accepting the service, and which retailers – but it is likely that the scale of UK activity should exceed that in the US, at least in the short term.
If you are one of the websites that are still not mobile friendly in this digitally driven world, then this is a major wake up call for you. Google has announced that their latest mobile algorithm update will favour pages that are mobile-friendly when users search on their mobile devices.
News has emerged today that Hutchison Whampoa is in talks with Telefónica with regards to a potential acquisition of the latter’s subsidiary, UK operator O2. The deal, which is unlikely to be inked for some weeks owing to an exclusivity agreement, is reported to be worth up to $15.3 billion.
Streaming is king – and Taylor Swift ain’t happy. Actually she is; she just went platinum: and more than half of those copies were sold as physical discs. However, that’s not the place to reach the greatest audience.
Have you bought your Christmas presents yet?
I can tell you that, with cyber-discounts having expanded over an extended period, I was a Black Friday rather than a Cyber Monday shopper this year, buying (text redacted in the unlikely event of Mrs Holden or various children/stepchildren reading this blog).