User acceptance of SMS-based e-government services: Differences between adopters and non-adopters

Tony Dwi Susanto*, Robert Goodwin

*Corresponding author for this work

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Delivering public services through the SMS channel is popular in developed and developing countries, and it has demonstrated its benefits. However, citizens' acceptance of the services is still an issue. This paper presents a study on user acceptance of SMS-based e-government services. Constructs of the proposed model were derived from a survey on citizens' motivations for using SMS-based e-government services (142 respondents from 25 countries), prominent theories on individual acceptance of technologies, and current studies on user acceptance of SMS and e-government services. The model was validated using data from 589 citizens in three cities in Indonesia, who are non-adopters. The relationships between the factors then were compared with data from 80 adopters of SMS-based e-government services in Australia. The proposed model explains what factors influence non-adopters to accept SMS-based e-government services, and the comparison explains the relative importance of the factors for the adopters. The findings are promising for governments who wish to evaluate a new SMS-based e-government system very early in its development in order to assess potential acceptability and for governments who would like to diagnose the reasons why an existing SMS-based e-government service is not fully acceptable to citizens and to take corrective action to increase the acceptability of the service.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-497
Number of pages12
JournalGovernment Information Quarterly
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013


  • Adopters
  • E-Government
  • Non-adopters
  • SMS
  • User acceptance


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