Holiday M-Commerce: Big Days for Mobile Shopping
Not surprisingly, Black Friday shoppers turned to their mobile devices in record numbers last week. Cyber Monday also showed impressive increases in the amount of shopping done via mobile.
- eBay experienced a 250% increase in the number of sales via mobile on Black Friday, while PayPal reported a whopping six-fold increase in total volume, compared to Black Friday last year.
- Findings from the National Research Foundation concluded that almost 33% of smartphone users planned to do research and price comparison on their mobile devices on Black Friday, and 13.7% planned to make purchases using their smartphones.
- On Cyber Monday, 6.6% of all online sales were made via mobile, almost triple the percentage on the same day last year.
Comviva Launches E-Wallet Service in Somalia
Global mobile solutions firm Comviva has teamed up with Somalian telecom provider NationLink to bring its e-wallet service to under-banked and unbanked sections of the Somalian population. Comviva's mobile financial platform offers international inbound transfers, domestic transfers, utility bill payments, mobile ticketing service, and the ability to top up prepaid mobile time. The new service will allow Somalians unprecedented levels of convenience and security in their finances, and will open the door to many who have not previously had access to banking. This kind of innovation again demonstrates the power of mobile to revolutionize the way people across the globe accomplish everyday activities.
RIM to Offer Device Management for Android, iOS
BYOD has been a hot button topic for the Dose lately. RIM is now making a move to capitalize on its expertise in enterprise mobility management and mobile security with "BlackBerry Mobile Fusion," a multi-platform device management system targeted at enterprises. This service represents a significant step by RIM to stay current as enterprises are increasingly moving away from BlackBerry, and as the BYOD culture gains momentum.