A new report from Juniper Research forecasts that one in eight mobile phone users worldwide will either have a 'mobile ticket' delivered to their phone or will buy a ticket using their phone by 2015. That's over 750 million users, compared with 230 million people today.
The next two years are expected to see mobile ticketing become mainstream, with mobile barcode boarding passes and cinema tickets leading the way.
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Mobile ticket technology company Masabi says the mobile rail ticket purchase application it developed for thetrainline.com now supports most smartphones and conventional handsets.
Mobile users can search train times and buy tickets using a credit or debit card before picking up their tickets at the station. The application will also display tickets as secure on-screen barcodes when rail operators start supporting this feature.
The Transport for London network - which includes Bus, Tube, Docklands Light Railway, Tram and London Overground rail services - is upgrading its card readers this year to allow travel and payment using a contactless bank card. Travellers currently need to buy tickets or use a pre-paid 'Oyster' card.
Although the news doesn't specifically involve mobile payments, it's expected that any NFC mobile payment service would also be compatible.
There’s new competition over mobile train tickets with news that UK rail ticket website Raileasy.co.uk has launched an application in partnership with mBlox and Concept Data Technologies.
It follows last year’s mobile app from thetrainline.com and Masabi.