Proximity and peer-to-peer mobile payments are on the rise in the UK, thanks to high user adoption of mobile and banking. However, growth is slow, which means that wallet providers looking to crack the market will need to get creative.
Canadian mobile penetration and bank access have created a high-potential environment for both proximity and peer-to-peer mobile payments. But entrenched payment habits and monopolization have created a slow growth environment that will force providers to adapt.
Mobile payments have proven their value during the pandemic as a way to limit our risk to exposure instead of paying with cash or card. Last year, per our estimates, smartphone usage in the US surged to an average of 182 minutes daily (from 154 minutes pre-pandemic), which extended to payments.