Apple iPhone users most open to mobile payments

“For companies trying to convince customers that mobile payments are a viable alternative to traditional payment options such as cash and credit cards, the iPhone could be key,” Darrell Etherington reports for GigaOM.

“A new U.K. study released on Monday by British research and consulting firm YouGov reveals that among mobile device users, iPhone owners are most open to the prospect of paying with their devices, as well as using their phones for all kinds of mobile banking activities,” Etherington reports. “U.K. adults in general displayed little willingness to jump on the mobile payments bandwagon, according to the YouGov survey, which was commissioned by digital banking company Intelligent Environments.”

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Etherington reports, “Of those surveyed, 21 percent would pay bills through a mobile device; 25 percent would transfer funds; 36 percent would check their bank account balances; 17 percent would pay other people for goods and services (like you can already do using Square in the U.S.); and 13 percent would make contactless payments (via near field communication, or NFC, for example)… Users of Apple iPhones showed much higher interest in all areas, however. Almost half – at 46 percent — indicated they would pay bills using their devices; 62 percent would transfer funds; 69 percent would check account balances; 45 percent would make payments to other people; and 31 percent would make contactless payments.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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  1. My car payment is made (transferred) through my iPhone. My bank has an app, and they bought the company that my car loan is through.

    I have paid my car insurance through the iPhone app also (ins companys app)

    Purchased stuff through amazons app etc.

    Make a payment through safari on the iPhone? Not yet.

    1. Not directly.

      But I did use it in an apple store to show the apple salesman that they DO carry an item he said they didn’t… He went in the back and grabbed me one after he realized he was wrong.

      Honestly a first in an apple store, they generally do know all the stuff they carry.

  2. Both of my banks have apps, my credit card company has one, my insurance company has one, my cable TV company has onand my cellphone company has one, and I use them all regularly. I can’t believe everyone isn’t already doing this. It’s easier to pay with the app than online with my Mac!! That’s why one buys an iPhone. To make life easier!

  3. i do all my bills and banking from my phone. its just like doing over the web on a computer technically speaking.

    you won’t see me using any paypoint or pay by mobile at a merchant. I won’t have that tech enabled on my phone.

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