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The overlooked mobile payment: direct carrier billing

Technology is giving this corner of the payments market renewed energy.

Beware of BOB!

As this very publication has made clear, Direct Operator Billing, or DOB, is "the world's most popular mobile payment method." DOB (or Direct Carrier Billing — DCB — as it is sometimes called) is the state of the art, allowing...

Who the FTC sued for fraudulent carrier billing and mobile cramming

Malini Mithal of the FTC recounts recent lawsuits the agency won against fraudulent payment companies. (From the ATM & Mobile Executive Summit)

Debunking direct operator billing, Part 2

DOB lets you buy items from your phone bill, but sometimes it's a premium text message in disguise. What's the difference?

Debunking direct operator billing, Part 1

DOB lets you buy items from your phone bill, but sometimes it's a premium text message in disguise. What's the difference?

Direct Carrier Billing: The world’s most popular mobile payment [Infographic]

Direct carrier billing lets wireless subscribers place the cost of a purchase for a digital good on their monthly phone bill. It's facilitated by providers who tap into the billing systems of carriers around the world, connecting billions of consumers to a quick, easy way to make a mobile payment.

Child excesses test in-app mobile payments

Parental finger-wagging falls short, but lawsuits do not mean game over ... yet

Webinar to explore payment options for MNOs in the app economy

Bango and Telefónica Digital to discuss how MNOs can leverage their billing relationships.

Boku makes its television debut

Direct carrier biller Boku partners with Playjam to offer mobile payments to television gamers.

Bango confirms direct carrier billing deal with Mozilla

Company will provide billing and settlement services for Firefox Marketplace when it launches this year.

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Infobip extends coverage to 40 countries

Mobile messaging company expands SMS messaging service to U.S., Brazil, China, India, Russia, South Africa and Mexico, among others.

Norway's Telenor Group embraces direct carrier billing

Mobile Embrace Limited signs agreement with major telecom that boasts 176 million subscribers.

Bango partners with Deutsche Telekom for DOB

Mobile payments company Bango and Deutsche Telekom today announced a partnership to widen access to direct operator billing for app store purchases, according to a press release. The partnership enables Deutsche Telekom to accelerate direct operator billing deployment, bringing one-click...

Boku launches direct carrier billing connections in India

Boku Inc. said in an announcement that it has developed technology and mobile network operator relationships that make advanced mobile payments technology available in India.

Mobile game publisher enables DOB through Neomobile partnership

Onebip by Neomobile, a mobile payments service, today announced it has partnered with Goodgame Studios, a browser and mobile publisher games, to offer Onebip mobile payments for its games in key markets in Europe and Latin America including Spain, Italy,...

Bango enables direct operator billing for Samsung Galaxy Apps with Etisalat

Bango announced Wednesday that it has enabled one-click direct operator billing for Samsung Galaxy Apps with Etisalat, a telecoms company with operations in 19 countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, according to a press release. This marks Bango's...

Chinese mobile gaming company adds mopay for direct carrier billing

Direct carrier billing company mopay today announced it signed a deal with Chinese mobile gaming company Chukong Technologies. The Beijing-based company has decided to integrate mopay's Android software development kit product as essential element in the overall billing module for...

Telenor Pakistan mobile subscribers now have direct billing option

Mobile payments company Fortumo and mobile operator Telenor Pakistan Tuesday announced they launched direct carrier billing in Pakistan, according to a press release. More than 35 million Telenor Pakistan subscribers now can use direct operator billing to charge online purcahses...

Bango enables direct operator billing for Google Play with 3 Canadian telcos

Mobile payments company Bango Tuesday announced that its platform is now powering direct operator billing for Google Play across the three main Canadian operators.

Bango makes payment platform available to select U.K. digital merchants

The Bango Payment Platform, used by major app stores for Direct Operator Billing, is now available to select digital merchants, Banjo announced in a press release. From today, best in class, "app store quality" payments are available beyond the app...

PS4 gamers now can use direct carrier billing via Boku to buy content

Boku today launched carrier-based billing on Sony's latest and most technologically advanced gaming system, the PS4, in Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, according to a press release. Subscribers in these countries can now top up their...

Bango partners with Etisalat to take direct operator billing to EMEA

Mobile payments provider Bango and telco Etisalat Group are partnering to deploy direct operator billing across Etisalat Group’s markets in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, according to an announcement. Etisalat said in the announcement it will be the first...

Carrier biller Boku names new CEO

Direct carrier biller Boku Inc. has elevated its chief business officer, Jon Prideaux, as its new chief executive in a move to hasten its expansion in Europe and Asia, according to The Wall Street Journal's Venture Capital Dispatch blog: Backed...

Taiwanese officials question security for text-based mobile payments

Taiwanese lawmakers are questioning the National Communications Commission's policy that requires two-way authorization when consumers make mobile payments involving small-ticket items. Regulators concluded the procedure does not reduce fraud enough, according to a report in the Taipei Times. The commission...

TreSensa gaming platform adds mobile-carrier billing through Fortumo

Game development and distribution platform TreSensa today announced it has partnered with mobile payments company Fortumo to bring in-app mobile-carrier billing to TreSensa's gaming network, according to a press release. "In-app purchasing has become the industry standard business model for...

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Placing the purchase of digital goods on your mobile phone bill is becoming a hotly contested space, both in the U.S. and abroad, as the limits of direct carrier billing expands. Direct carrier billers are looking to become a payment method for physical goods in the online space, or even in the offline space. Plus it's the only mobile payment method actually available to consumers. This research center covers the major players and the issues with this growing market.