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Mobile Commerce News Weekly - Week of December 12, 2011

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information.

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Amtrak is beginning to offer mobile solutions for train passengers as the company is allowing customers to use smartphones instead of paper tickets while they board trains. Read Original Content

Starbucks is experiencing great success with its newly released mobile payment app. In the last nine weeks Starbucks handled six million mobile payments, double the volume of the first nine weeks after the system launched in January. Altogether it has handled 26 million mobile payment transactions since launch. Read Original Content

Mobile payments and other alternate payments could amount to $2.7 trillion in transactions by 2015, according to a study by Intuit. That would make mobile payments easily twice as popular as cash. Read Original Content

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Research firm Gartner estimates that global mobile payment users will exceed 141 million this year, an increase of more than 38 percent compared with last year, while the volume of mobile payments will exceed $86 billion, up 76 percent from last year’s $48.9 billion. Read Original Content

Pyramid Research estimates that around 18 million users in Latin America use financial services from their mobile devices and that this number may rise to more than 140 million by 2015. Read Original Content

A JiWire mobile shopping study indicates that tablet owners buy items more frequently than just smartphone owners, and often spend more. For example, 82 percent of the tablet audience is willing to make purchases directly on their mobile devices compared with 76 percent of smartphone owners. Read Original Content

According to a quick survey from ComScore, more Americans are beginning to trust mobile banking from their smartphones. According to the survey about 12.7 million mobile users in the United States have used their mobile device to check personal banking information.  This is a 45 percent overall increase from the same quarter in 2010. Read Original Content

Pizza Pizza, Ontario’s largest pizza chain, has received 111,111 orders through its mobile ordering application since its launch six months ago. The company worked with Plastic Mobile to develop its app, which is available as a free download in Apple’s App Store for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices. Read Original Content

In a recent study by the Interactive Advertising Bureau, New York was ranked the second-savviest city in the nation in terms of mobile shopping, according to Crain’s New York Business. In order to rank, inhabitants had to score well in four areas: ownership of a mobile phone or e-reader, ownership of a shopping app, usage of mobile coupons and belonging to a social network. Read Original Content

With consumers increasingly using their handsets to shop, CVS/pharmacy has revamped its mobile site to make the entire CVS.com catalog available to shoppers. Read Original Content

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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.