Mobile payments worldwide - Statistics & Facts

Published by J. Clement, Jan 17, 2019
Due to the near universal presence of mobile devices, it comes as no surprise that adoption of mobile payment solutions is increasing worldwide and is driving growth in non-cash transactions. Rapidly increasing mobile consumer and P2P payments are fueling the global growth of mobile international payment services. Mobile money services have rapidly proliferated in frequently underbanked markets in Africa, Asia and Latin America, fueling the global growth of mobile consumer payments services by enabling hundreds of millions of people to participate in a multitude of electronic transactions for the first time.

Frequently offered by mobile network operators, mobile money payment services enable customers to send, receive, and store money using their mobile device. As of 2017, a third of internet users worldwide has used a mobile payment service in the last month, with the highest usage rates occurring in China and India. Europe was ranked last with a 22 percent mobile payment usage rate. Countries with the highest share of internet users preferring mobile payments include China, Mongolia, and Brazil. Due to this above-average use of mobile payments in China, it is to be expected that the biggest online payment platforms worldwide are Chinese: WeChat Pay and Alipay with 600 million and 400 million users respectively. Other leading players are PayPal, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. Despite these impressive user base figures, mobile payments still lag behind other digital payment methods in terms of overall online shopper preference.

An increasing number of merchants worldwide support and plan to support a variety of mobile payment options, the most common one being mobile apps for online shopping, mobile payments at POS, and special mobile payment options such as mobile wallets. Point-of-sale mobile transactions are becoming especially popular – in 2017, there were over 720 million proximity mobile payment users worldwide with forecasts projecting over 1.1 billion users in 2021. As of 2018, the most popular mobile payment methods accepted by online merchants worldwide were credit & debit cards, as well as PayPal. In 2018, 29 percent of online merchants accepted mobile wallets 881201, up from 24 percent in 2015. The most popular mobile wallets accepted by online merchants were PayPal, Apple Pay and Visa Checkout.

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