I've come across a few stats on mobile commerce this week, so I've decided to gather them together in one handy post. 

I've also added a selection of mobile commerce stats from our most recent Internet Statistics Compendium...

Mobile purchasing habits in the US (Compete)

  • 37% of US Smartphone users have made a (non-mobile) purchase on their handsets in the last six months. 
  • 19% have purchased music on their phones, 14% have bought books, DVDs or games, while 12% have purchased movie tickets. 
  • The amount that mobile users are willing to spend varies between handsets, with 32% of Android and 29% of iPhone users willing to spend $100 or more from their handsets, compared with 14% of Blackberry users. 

Mobile purchasing habits in the US (ATG)

  • 27% of all consumers used their mobiles to browse and research products at least four times over a 12 month period. For the 18-34 age group, this figure is 41%.
  • 20% of all consumers and 32% 0F 18-34 year olds are researching purchases via mobile at least monthly. 
  • 13% of all consumers and 23% of the 18-34 age group make purchases via their mobile four times a year.
Mobile payments (Juniper)
  • The market for mobile payments market is expected to quadruple by 2014, reaching $630bn in value, which equates to 5% of total e-commerce sales.
  • The mobile payments market is worth $170bn so far this year.
Mobile commerce market size (ABI Research)
  • The research firm predicts that in 2015, $119bn worth of goods and services will be purchased via a mobile phone. 
  • By ABI Research's count, mobile commerce tripled in the United States in 2009, but still only constituted a $1.2bn market. 
  • In Japan, which has one of the most vibrant mobile markets, mobile commerce exceeded $10bn in 2009.
Mobile internet usage (Essential Research)
  • 47% of daily mobile internet users live in urban areas, while 42% of mobile internet users earn over £40,000 a year (household income) compared to 31% of non users.
  • These daily mobile internet users are also more likely to spend more on their monthly mobile bills, 55% pay over £30 a month, compared to 10% of non users.
Smartphone usage (comScore)
  • In the three month period ending in February 2010, 45.4m people in the U.S. owned smartphones, a 21% jump over November 2009.
  • The fastest gainer in that segment is Google, whose Android platform rose by an impressive 5.2% in only three months.
Graham Charlton

Published 7 May, 2010 by Graham Charlton

Graham Charlton is the former Editor-in-Chief at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter or connect via Linkedin or Google+

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Comments (5)


Mark Bolitho, New Business Director - Ecommerce at more2

Some UK stats would be very nice - any available that you know of Graham?

about 8 years ago

Graham Charlton

Graham Charlton, Editor in Chief at ClickZ Global

Hi Mark, 

I couldn't find many UK stats but I'll keep my eye out for some.

about 8 years ago



It's really interesting that 14% of users have bought books from their mobile device. Does the shift to smart phones and tablets mean a return to reading long-form books for many?

about 8 years ago



Very useful. Thanks for the effort. Will be sharing in Twitter.

almost 8 years ago



I was writing an article on Mobile commerce and that's how i came across this one. U.S. catching up fast. Great statistics.

over 7 years ago

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