Future Not Here Yet, But It’s Coming

If you would like to know everything there is to possibly know about mobile payments, this infographic from SapientNitro has you covered. There is so, so much information in here, but I’ve skimmed it all, and here’s what you need to know, in case you didn’t already know: Pretty soon we are all going to be paying for everything with our phones. Duh? Duh.

In related news: At this point, only one-third of adult American mobile device users have used their phones to buy something, either with mobile payments or with an app or through a browser. This seems really low to me, but I also pretty much only know people sleep with their iPhones cuddled next to them at night, so my personal experience might be skewed. The last thing I bought with my phone was a bus ticket (with the BoltBus app). The last thing Mike Dang bought was a cup of coffee (with the Starbucks app). The last thing Matt Powers bought was nothing (he is an outlier; he has a flip phone … FOR NOW).

The world changes and we change with it. Duh. (Duh.)


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bangs (#379)

I’ve never bought anything with my smartphone. But I just did my first e-transfer last week and am generally behind the e-times.

mouthalmighty (#165)

I dunno, the opportunity for getting ripped off, at least on the business end of things, seem ripe.

(Which is to say, one time I accepted a gift card from an iPhone app at my place of employment and it turned out it – either the card or the phone, or maybe both, I never got an answer – was stolen. Ack.)

elizabeast (#629)

Once I bought a shirt on my phone because I was bored in traffic. When it showed up, it wasn’t what I thought it would look like at all, but it’s also the best shirt I’ve ever owned and I get compliments all the time. Ergo, buying things on your phone is wonderful and you should do it because people will compliment you.

kellyography (#250)

Like Matt Powers, I also have a flip phone. It was made in 2003, but I received it in 2009, and it is only my fourth phone ever. I can’t justify the expense of a smartphone, which is why I do all my home banking with my trusty Teletex system.

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