Spending via mobiles soars in Oz

Australians are increasingly using their mobile phones to shop for bargains online, new figures from eBay show.

The online auction site has named Australia as one of its fastest-growing international mobile markets after shoppers spent more than $13 million buying eBay items on their handsets in a single month last year.

Speaking to National Features, Jenny Thomas, eBay's Australian spokeswoman, reported that more than 87,000 Australians made purchases on eBay using their mobiles in July 2010, up from 44,000 in January 2010.

"We are just seeing more and more people using their mobile phone as a way of shopping online and we absolutely expect that to grow incredibly over 2011," she said in the article, hosted on news.com.au.

Consumers aiming to boost their spending power could also choose to compare credit cards and other money products in search of the best options. Commenting on the issue of mobile spending, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission warned that consumers' rights may not be protected where purchases are made from certain overseas-based websites.

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