Airtel Africa expands mobile payments through VeriFone partnership

Consumers can use VeriFone Mobile Money's Tap n' Pay applications to pay, buy, bank, bill and remit funds with their mobile phone at the point of sale.

Filipino lawmaker wants consumer protections for prepaid minutes

The bill would forbid wireless operators from adding expiration dates to prepaid cards.

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.

Singapore mPOS company reveals new global strategy

SCCP Group becomes goSwiff as company also focuses on marketing services for its clients.

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...

Israeli telecom selects new SIM OTA provider

CALLUP, a provider of value added services and mobile device management products for the telecom industry, today announced in a press release that Israel's Hot Mobile cellular telecommunications operator selected its SIM OTA platform for remote management, over the air,...

Indonesian telecom adds mobile remittances

Some 60 million Indosat subscribers now have access to HomeSend, a joint venture between MasterCard, eServGlobal, and BICS.

Vietnamese regulators want improved SMS rates

A Vietnamese goverment agency this week passed legislation that requires mobile network operators to boost the success rate of text messages, according to multiple reports. The Ministry of Information and Communications ruled that the operators must ensure a 92-percent success...

Safaricom forms strategic pact with Kenyan financial group

KCB Group and Safaricom Limited this week announced a far-reaching strategic partnership that the companies say is expected to reshape how tens of millions of consumers in Kenya access financial and telecommunication services, according to a join press release from...

China Telecom to include Gemalto NFC SIM card in commercial rollout

Gemalto today announced it is one of the suppliers selected by China Telecom for its UpTeq Multi-Tenant NFC SIM to support their commercial rollout of mobile contactless services, according to a press release. China Telecom is a leading operator in...

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...

India MNOs add in-app purchase capability with mopay partnership

Mopay announced its entry into the Indian market with an HTML5 in-app billing solution, the company said in a press release on Monday. Mopay is launching the HTML5-for-mobile version of its direct carrier billing platform on all large Indian carriers....

Bango expands direct carrier billing to more countries

Bango announced in a press release earlier this week that since the beginning of the year it has enabled direct carrier billing capabilities for mobile app store partners with Saudi Telecom and Mobily in Saudi Arabia, Mobinil in Egypt, Telkom...

Safaricom enables faster transactions for M-PESA

Safaricom revealed last week M-PESA users can now make instant mobile banking transactions thanks to a system upgrade to the service's API, the telecom said in a press release. The upgrade resulted in a transaction time reduction from an average...

Qatar mobile operator joins GSMA's initiative

Ooredoo, a mobile operator in Qatar, today announced it has committed to the GSMA's Mobile Money Interoperability program to accelerate the implementation of interoperable mobile money services across Africa and the Middle East, according to a press release. Ooredoo joins...

Deal grants T-Mobile customers fee-free access to Allpoint ATMs

Through an agreement with the Allpoint Network, T-Mobile customers who use their carrier's Mobile Money app and prepaid card will now have surcharge-free access to more than 43,000 Allpoint-branded ATMs across the United States. The Mobile Money program unites a...

Vietnamese MNO to enable carrier billing through mopay partnership

Viettel Telecom, a mobile network operator in Vietnam, and mopay have signed a strategic carrier billing partnership, according to a press release. The companies said the pact will enable mopay's international merchant portfolio to allow Viettel's 58 million customers to...

Prepaid data SIM card kiosk arrives at Osaka airport

Osaka's Kansai International Airport has become the first Japanese airport to introduce a prepaid data SIM card vending machine. Tourists visiting Japan can buy So-net LTE SIM cards from the kiosk, insert them into their mobile devices and access the...

Ireland merchants can add mobile billing via txtNation

Mobile billing provider txtNation has launched its mobile billing for the mobile Web, called Single-Click payments, in Ireland. The new service enables customers to pay with one click on mobile websites with purchases charged to their phone bill or deducted...

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