The History of
Mobile Payments

  • 1997
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2007
  • 2012
  • 2016
The History of Mobile Payments
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1997 - Coca Cola introduced vending machines that accepted payments via text message.
1999 - The first European banks started to offer mobile banking after smart phones with WAP support enabling the use of the mobile web were introduced.
2000 - Cell phones used to book KLM Airlines flights.
2001 - Croatia introduced mobile parking payment as a result of local innovation.
2007 - iPhone's success pushed for switching from SMS payments to special mobile apps and drove advancements in web technologies such as HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript that allow banks to offer mobile services.
2012 - Over a third of banks have mobile device detection activated by visiting their homepages.
2016 - A peer-to-peer payment system in Sweden called Swish gathered a critical mass: 5 million Swedes use it, which is half the population.