An article relating to this blog post on Finextra:
Shift to alternative payment options as online transactions soar
The number of online transactions will more than double to reach $355.2 billion by 2012, according to a US study released by Javelin Research & Strategy which also predicts increasing take up "alterna...
Here MSN and
Yahoo! are each running a story by PA's Oliver Teves, that states 5.5 million Filipinos are using their mobile phones as virtual wallets to store cash and transfer money.
Apparently, one in ten Filipinos works abroad and needs to transfer money home. Using their mobiles as virtual wallets can avoid the necessity to open a bank account, and allows money transfer at cheaper rates. Hence the Philippines are leading the way in
adopting mobile banking.
The report also says that mobile phones are more commonplace than bank accounts in developing countries. A statement that sounds odd to European ears at first but completely makes sense when you think about it.