Survey: Mobile payment use more doubles in a year

Framingham, Mass. -- Mobile payments have more than doubled in popularity reaching over 33% of survey respondents, according to IDC Financial Insights’ eighth annual Consumer Payments Survey.

The new report, “Business Strategy: Results from the 2012 Consumer Payments Survey,” found that those that of whose had made a mobile payment, more than half used PayPal Mobile (56%), with Amazon Payments and Apple's iTunes service statistically tied at about 40%. 

In addition, prepaid cards showed strong growth, particularly in the network branded and benefit submarkets.

Other key findings include:

  • For the second year in a row, both biller and bank-operated online bill pay sites were used by more than 50% of the respondents. Overall, 73.5% of U.S. consumers now use online bill payment. This confirms that online bill payment is now the dominant way we pay bills in the United States.
  • Despite the popularity of digital downloads, such as apps and music, more respondents reported buying physical goods with their phones than online services, digital goods, or virtual currency.