Better technologies for mobile devices, proliferation of banking apps and increased consumer appetite for staying connected are converging to propel mobile banking penetration. On the technology device front, recent double-digit growth in smartphone adoption has enabled consumers to expand the activities they can perform via mobile phone connections — including banking online. One-half of smartphone owners have banked online with their mobile phones within the past 30 days vs. only 13 percent of those with conventional mobile phones with Internet access.
More than one-quarter of U.S. smartphone owners indicate they would be “extremely likely” or “very likely” to use mobile payment during the next year if new technology was available that enabled payment through a contactless reader at point-of-sale. That translates into an estimated 17 million plus consumers who are prepared to exchange their cash-and-card-laden wallets for a different payment method. Smartphone owners who are likely adopters of mobile payments differ in significant ways the general population of smartphone owners.