Part A: What is M-Commerce? 2
Part B: Terminologies & Standards 2
Part C: Features & Advantages of M-Commerce 3
Part D: Services 3, 4
Part E: Limitations of M-Commerce 4
Part F: Conclusion 4
Part G: References 5
What is Mobile Commerce?
M-commerce (mobile commerce
) is the buying and selling or transaction of goods and services through wireless devices such as cellular phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs).
Simply, any e-commerce done through wireless devices (e.g. mobile phones) over any network especially the internet.
Some Terminologies & Standards Used in M-Commerce
Global Positioning System
A system of satellites and receiving devices used to locate positions on the Earth
Personal Digital Assistant
It’s a handheld wireless computer.
Short Messaging Service
Enables us to send simple text messages.
Enhanced Messaging Service
Enables us to send simple melodies, images, sounds, animations and formatted text.
Multimedia Messaging Service
Enables us to send multimedia messages.
Wireless Application Protocol
It is an international standard for mobile internet access.
 Smart Phone:
Internet-enabled cell phones
A combination of a mobile phone
and a PDA.
General Packet Radio Service
One of the latest advancements in wireless data. It is used in GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) for transferring data in packets.
Features & Advantages of M-Commerce
Users can carry cell phones or other mobile devices anywhere.
With a cell phone a user can be contacted anywhere anytime.
These devices can store data and have advance features and are easy to use.
Users can connect instantly and easily to the internet through their wireless devices anytime anywhere.
By knowing interests of a user sellers can send user-specific or location-specific advertising messages.
Some services offered in m-commerce are:-
• Short Messaging
• Multimedia Messaging
• Advertising Messaging
• Video – Conferencing
• Booking & Reservations
• Directory Services
• Traffic and Weather
• Stock Exchange
Limitations of M-Commerce
 Limited storage capacity of devices
 Hard to browse sites
 Small size of mobile devices (screens, keypads etc.)
 Insufficient bandwidth
 Power consumption limitations
 Poor reception in some places (like tunnels)
Within a few years, there will be well over a billion mobile phone users worldwide and the majority of mobile phones will be connected to the Internet. So there is going to be great transformation in the way business in conducted. Every one will go towards m-commerce.
Web pages accessed on Tuesday, May 31, 2005:-
(Yong Rao. “Mobile Commerce”. Writing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Saturday, March 27, 2004)
(Sep 10, 2003.)
(Carl Adams. “M-Commerce”. Writing at the University of Portsmouth. December 4, 2001)
(Thursday, January 08, 2004.)