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Germans open to mobile petrol payments

One in three German consumers have said they are willing to make payments on their smartphones when paying for petrol, according to a new survey published this week.

Smartphone owners in the country are more open to using the technology, with 43% saying they are ready for m-payments to pay for fuel, but there is also apparently a thirst for mCommerce among non-smartphone owners.

The survey, which was conducted by TNS Infratest on behalf of European cross-channel payment solution provider Yapital, found that 33% of all respondents and 45% of smartphone owners would like to pay for their bus and train tickets using mobile phones. According to the research, there is also demand for m-payment solutions in supermarkets and drugstores.

Nils Winkler, CEO of Yapital, said: "At Yapital we notice every day that consumers have become very interested in mobile payment solutions. But the survey results exceeded even our expectations."

The IT controller at convenience retail chain Spar, Roy Ford, told Essential Retail earlier this year that higher value contactless payments could be driven in the UK by mobile payment on petrol forecourts.

Although acknowledging the industry is still somewhat unclear about the future direction of the m-payments landscape, with the general consensus that all the relevant stakeholders must work together to push these solutions to the market, Ford indicated there could be trials at Spar's forecourts in the not-too-distant future.

Talking in February, he said: "We'd be looking to provide this early next year, but I don't know what the demand is or what the acceptance is.

"Unless the big fuel companies adopt m-payments it's probably unlikely to make a huge impact, but none of us know the direction mobile wallets are going."

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