Consumer Value of Context Aware and Location Based Mobile Services

Consumer Value of Context Aware and Location Based Mobile Services

Henny de Vos (Novay, The Netherlands), Timber Haaker (Novay, The Netherlands), Marije Teerling (Novay, The Netherlands) and Mirella Kleijnen (Free University, The Netherlands)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-967-5.ch093

Abstract

Context aware services have the ability to utilize information about the user’s context and adapt services to a user’s current situation and needs. In this article the authors consider users’ perceptions of the added value of location awareness and presence information in mobile services. The authors use an experimental design, where stimuli comprising specific bundles of mobile services were presented to groups of respondents. The stimuli showed increasing, manipulated, levels of context-awareness, including location of the user and location and availability of buddies as distinct levels. Their results indicate that simply adding context aware features to mobile services does not necessarily provide added value to users, rather the contrary. The potential added value of insight in buddies’ location and availability is offset by people’s reluctance to share location information with others. Although the average perceived value overall is rather low there exists a substantial minority that does appreciate the added context aware features. High scores on constructs like product involvement, social influence and self-expressiveness characterize this group. The results also show that context aware service bundles with utilitarian elements have a higher perceived value than bundles with hedonic elements. On the basis of the different results some guidelines for designing context aware mobile services are formulated.

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