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Volume of payments via mobile phones up 10% in 2012

19 March 2013

Prague, March 18 (CTK) - The total volume of payments via mobile phones in the Czech Republic grew by one-tenth to almost Kc2.5bn last year, the most frequently used payments being transactions via SMS text messages, the Association of Mobile Network Operators (APMS) told CTK Monday.

More than one million people use a mobile phone payment method to pay for goods or services every month. Clients of operator T-Mobile, for example, made payments worth over Kc1bn through mobile phones last year.

The volume of payments made by sending or receiving an SMS grew by 8 percent to Kc1.7bn last year.

People most often used a mobile phone to pay for public transport fare, parking fee, regulatory fees in hospitals and Internet content, and also during television voting.

Customers made a total of 318 million transactions using payment cards in the Czech Republic last year, according to data of the Czech Bank Card Association (SBK). The total value of the transactions exceeded Kc294bn.

People also made almost 180 million transactions worth Kc655bn with payment cards in ATMs last year.

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