New Tech Invites Quick and Easy Shopping on your Mobile Phone

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With the advent of online shopping, millions of Americans have forsaken the all-too-real check-out lines and hassles and have opted for the ease of virtual purchasing.

And as more and more Americans are accessing the Internet with cell phones, some retailers are adjusting.

“Currently only about 3 percent of Americans have made a purchase on [a cell phone],” Worley told “GMA.” “But clothing outfitter Ralph Lauren is taking a big step to make your phone a shopping centre on the go.”

Ralph Lauren, known for its preppy clothing lines, will feature ads in its catalogues this month that can be scanned by many cell phones’ cameras, allowing the items to be purchased on the spot.

“Shopping is about instant gratification, whether you’re flipping through a magazine or newspaper, watching something on TV or going to a store window,” David Lauren, son of Ralph Lauren, told “GMA.” “Now if you can get something that’s a luxury and get it right away, that’s the ultimate combination.”

According to Worley, in Japan the practice is already wildly popular and has expanded so that the bar codelike symbols are featured on billboards and cars, even temporary tattoos and gravestones.

Full article by BECKY WORLEY and LEE FERRAN

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