Internet access via cellphone growing

2011-10-24 13:15

More than half of South Africans questioned in a recent survey access the internet on their mobile phones daily, a new study revealed today.

More than half (57%) had engaged in some form of banking or financial activity on their cellphones, including balance check and transfer of funds, while about 21 percent had paid a bill via their mobile device.

The survey of more than 8 000 people in nine countries was conducted by the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF).

Most South Africans (89%) reported using their cellphone to research or purchase a digital or physical product.

“Findings across all regions concur that the vast majority of respondents are actively using their mobile for the purchase of goods and items,” said MEF in a statement.

Overall, 72% of those surveyed globally, use mobile internet daily, with 18% no longer using fixed line to access the internet at all.

Also more than half (57%) of those questioned around the world had used mobile banking.

“In each individual market,the number of consumers accessing the mobile internet daily is higher than the number accessing fixed-line internet,” MEF said.

Christian de Faria, MEF board member for Europe Middle East and Africa, said: “Consumers are driven by the need for convenience.”

However, the survey found that security was cited as a major concern by this surveyed.

If the issue of security was addressed, 27% of consumers stated they would use mobiles to make purchases more often.

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