eBay Shoppers Set Records For Busiest mShopping Day

eBay mobile GMV grew 127% in the U.S. and 165% globally on Sunday, Dec. 12 -“Mobile Sunday”- over the same Sunday last year. Mobile holiday shopping on eBay peaked globally on the second Sunday of December for the second consecutive year, having generated nearly $5 million in GMV in the US and $13 million in GMV globally. eBay mobile GMV was up 38% on “Mobile Sunday” over Cyber Monday 2010. Clothing and accessories topped the list of most-sold items among U.S. shoppers buying with their phones, with the top five U.S. states by sales volume including California, Pennsylvania, Florida, Indiana, and Ohio. U.S. mobile shopping peaked between 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST with more than 9,500 transactions per hour.

Banks Respond to Regulation E with mBanking

Javelin’s “Reg E and Overdrafts: How Financial Institutions Can Use Mobile to Increase Profits Post Reg E” report has concluded, because Regulation E is compromising bank revenue with overdraft fee regulation, banks are either trying to preserve those fees or adapt. One way is offering customers mobile banking, offering immediate alerts when an overdraft occurs. The report concluded m-banking allows banks to communicate more effectively with their customers through real time updates; consumers most want a warning that an overdraft is about to occur; the young and ‘newly banked’ are most likely to incur overdraft fees; and consumers cite ‘too many fees’ as the No. 1 reason they leave their financial institution.

mPayment Transactions to Double to $200b by 2012

The value of digital and physical goods that people buy with their mobile smart phones will reach $200billion globally by 2012, compared to the current $100billion annually. Digital goods include entertainment and tickets, whilst physical goods include groceries, gifts and books. The availability of secure, easy-to-use, payment applications and a growing realization of users they can make ecommerce purchases by mobile will drive the market. This, according to a new study by Juniper Research, also showed merchants need to communicate the cost of transactions more clearly to encourage consumers; the frequency of physical goods purchased will be higher than average in North America and Western Europe; and the best potential can be found in highly targeted marketing campaigns with apps and mobile web payments.


A new report is forcasting that mobile marketing and retail sector, comprising mobile advertising, coupons and smart posters, will exceed $8 billion by 2012 globally. The report, “The Mobile Marketing and Retail Strategies”, issued by Juniper found that retailers were already starting to exploit the mobile channel through advertising campaigns on the handset and by issuing money-off coupons. The market for these two activities alone is forecast grow by half in the next two years. At CTIA Wireless 2010, more than 20% of the attendees were said to come from the retail space, showing that retailers were beginning to latch on to the potential of the mobile channel. Juniper believes that smart posters (which users can tap to obtain product information) will remain a niche sector within the overall market until NFC (Near Field Communications) capable devices are more widely used while the mobile advertising and mobile coupons markets will reach similar sizes. However, the report cautions failure to use targeted, location based advertising, particularly SMS advertising, may cause mobile users to regard such advertising as little better than spam. The report recommends that brands and retailers should consider geotagging their products and locations.


A new study forecasts that nearly half of all mobile phone users worldwide will pay by mobile for digital and physical goods by 2014, representing growth of nearly a billion users compared to 2010. The new “Mobile Payments for Digital and Physical Goods” by Jupiter Research reports found that segments such as ticketing and payments for physical goods are being spurred by the phenomenal take-up of apps coupled with the availability of multi-lingual versions of platforms such as eBay. Mobile payments are now becoming integrated into a wider mobile web shopping experience that includes browsing, coupons and advertising. The report uses an innovative new quadrant approach to compare the positioning of mobile payments vendors. The forecasts provide detailed five year regional data for mobile payments for digital & physical goods, showing key parameters including subscriber take-up, transaction sizes and volumes.

RemitONE and SendMoneyHome Launch Remittance

RemitONE and SendMoneyHome have teamed up to provide global mobile remittance. International money transfer comparison website www.sendmoneyhome.org has collaborated with money transfer software systems provider RemitONE (www.remitone.co.uk) to investigate the scope and the potential of the mobile money market and to find out how increasing numbers of money transfer businesses are opting to develop these channels. The remittance market as a whole is estimated to be worth over $350 billion annually, according to the World Bank, with the USA being the largest remitting country. Only a small percentage, focused on Africa, is serviced by mobile remittance meaning that a large portion of the market is available to tap into, especially in the Middle East and South Asia.

Clickatell Releases Mobile analysis

SMS communication provider Clickatell has released its first “Mobile State of the Union” analysis. The report evaluates the state of mobile banking capabilities and target markets.
According to the report, banks must consider their entire customer base when rolling out critical mobile services; and more specifically what happens to those who cannot be reached on a smart phone?
Four billion of us, however, can access SMS in seconds, from any phone.
In other regions of the world, SMS is being used for critical banking functions and other mobile services such as airtime top ups, bill payments, real-time payments, lottery, remittances, point of sale payments, and more. The US is concentrating heavily on the smart phone market, which has yet to reach critical mass adoption, which equates to future revenue. Most enterprises and financial institutions are clearly looking to increase the all-important bottom line today. Regardless, we believe US-centric companies will continue to focus on iPhone and other smart devices.

PSCU Financial Posts 17% Y/Y Growth

PSCU Financial Services posted 31% growth in processing net income and
9% growth in processing revenue for 2009 with 1.1 billion in payment
card transactions, up by 17% since the end of 2008. The cooperative
achieved 20% growth in debit and online bill payment transactions, with
credit transactions and contact center call volumes each up by 6%. The
cooperative issued a $14.7-million payout in December 2009 for
redemption of 1999 and 2000 revolving funds and helped member-owners
grow their core debit/credit/bill payment business by providing
promotional materials, consultative services, and 24/7 Contact Center
support. PSCU Financial credit union service organization serves more
than 1,300 financial institutions nationwide.

CUSO PSCU Offers Online White Papers

FL-based CUSO PSCU Financial Services has started posting free educational white papers on www.pscufs.com designed
to help credit unions attract new members and build loyalty. The credit union industry is working hard to attract Gen Y as
part of its long-term growth strategy, a generation that requires
24/7 Web access to financial accounts and information.
The industry is also identifying and marketing specialized services to small
business owners. A recent study by BAI notes that small businesses are
increasingly dissatisfied with banks and more than half would switch financial
institutions to gain online banking and other products that are designed to meet their
needs. Credit unions are targeting this important market segment because owners
tend to seek multiple services for their personal and business finances, and
they often develop long-term relationships with the primary financial institution
that helped them grow their business. Mobile banking presents an area of skyrocketing demand that serves both
these audiences.


After four years in development through its Yackie Telecom and PayToo
divisions, Paymotech Group has unveiled its “PayToo Mobile”
international mobile wallet. The telecommunications and secure payment
solutions group presented “PayToo Mobile” GSM mobile wallet to offer a
complete telecommunication and mobile payment solution through the
account holder’s single balance. The new solution also makes available
SIM card without roaming charges, VOIP account, calling card, additional
numbers attached to the account in more than 35 countries and financial
services providing for the transfer of credit all around the world.This
credit is available for calls, payments, transfers and withdrawals
anywhere in the world. Through its wide distribution network available
in more than 200 countries, with more than 450 roaming agreements and
over 400,000 recharging stations, “PayToo Mobile” targets frequent

PSCU Offers iPhone and iPod Applications

FL-based credit union service PSCU
Financial Services has launched iPhone and iPod touch applications.
This latest capability will help credit unions attract Gen Y and other
member segments who are avid iPhone/iPod users and will build brand
recognition through credit union logo visibility on the member’s mobile device and
customized iPhone application in the iTunes store.


Consumer demand for mobile money transfer services will see users exceed
500 million globally by 2014, principally in developing countries. Many
new mobile money services being announced will face political,
regulatory or commercial challenges as they bring their services to
market. This, according to Juniper Research’s ‘Mobile Money Transfer &
Remittances: Markets, Forecasts & Strategies 2009-2014’ report, also
shows sophisticated mobile financial services can add to the
attractiveness of mobile money services. Meanwhile, Africa & Middle
East, Far East & China and India will be the leading regions for
national mobile money transfer services in 2014.