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KPMG Survey: U.S. Consumers Believe Mobile Banking Is Important but Security, Privacy, and Cost Cited as Major Barriers to Mass Adoption
By: PR Newswire
Apr. 8, 2009 09:01 AM
Wariness to Use Mobile Devices for Financial Transactions and Point-of-Sale Purchases Also Exists
KPMG's third annual Global Consumers and Convergence survey of more than 4,000 people in 19 countries worldwide, which examines trends in the use of mobile technology, revealed that 85 percent of U.S. respondents believe mobile banking is important but they do not want to pay for it. The overwhelming majority of U.S. respondents said they had never tried banking through a mobile device (91 percent).
Of those respondents who have not conducted banking through a mobile device, 48 percent cited security and privacy as the primary reason.
"Mobile banking is another vehicle banks can utilize to make banking more accessible to customers," said
Some 68 percent of U.S. respondents also said that their current bank does not offer banking through a mobile device and only nine percent said they had tried mobile banking.
"The fact that the majority of U.S. consumers are not aware that their current banks offer mobile banking is clearly more perception than reality," added Carande. "Banks will need to work harder to increase customer awareness of the availability of mobile banking and clearly articulate the value proposition of the service before consumers are willing to pay for it -- especially in this economic environment."
Despite the pricing, privacy, and security concerns, 19 percent of U.S. respondents said they are at least "somewhat likely" to use their mobile device for online banking in the next 12 months. In addition, seven percent said they are willing to pay at least a nominal fee to access online banking services from their mobile device.
Mobile Payments and Financial Transactions Findings
According to the survey, the majority of U.S. consumers also are not comfortable with using their mobile device for financial transactions (66 percent).
With regards to payments, 95 percent of U.S. respondents said they never made a purchase from a vending machine using their mobile device and 95 percent said they never made a purchase using a mobile device through a retailer's mobile Web site, further suggesting an unfamiliarity or lack of comfort in using a mobile device for transactions and payments.
"U.S. consumers -- as well as worldwide -- need to be convinced that new payment methods and banking vehicles are safe and secure for them to succeed," said
"With high mobile device penetration rates, U.S. consumers are accustomed to using the mobile channel to access data," added Siegel. "And it may only be a matter of time before they grow comfortable with using -- and potentially paying a premium to use -- the mobile device for browser-based and point-of-sale, 'contactless' financial transactions."
"Banks that include the mobile channel as a component of their payment strategy -- including a roadmap of products and a tactical plan -- will position themselves well for the future," concluded Siegel. "As part of this effort, banks will need to address complex arrangements for account ownership and revenue sharing between device manufacturers, carriers, merchants and application/network providers. The navigation of these complex arrangements may help drive consumers' eventual adoption of the mobile device as a 'virtual wallet' and the culmination of a channel that could represent the ultimate convergence of payment instruments."
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SOURCE KPMG LLP
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