Onebip partners with SLA Digital for direct carrier billing in the Middle East

Onebip is partnering with SLA Digital to extend direct carrier billing coverage in the Middle East for their portfolio of content partners, according to a press release. The partnership is now live in the UAE, with plans to further leverage...

Fortumo links with Austrian MNO for carrier billing

Mobile payments company Fortumo and the mobile operator A1 Telekom Austria AG have announced a direct carrier billing partnership, according to a press release. A1 Telekom Austria AG subscribers can now make payments for digital goods, inside games and with...

Safaricom expands availability of M-Pesa NFC product

Safaricom has announced the availability of M-Pesa 1Tap in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret and Nyeri after what the company calls a successful four-month trial, according to a press release. M-Pesa 1Tap is supposed to be faster way to pay with...

Fortumo, Orange extend direct carrier billing to Egypt

Mobile payments company Fortumo and mobile operator group Orange have announced the launch of direct carrier billing in Egypt, according to a press release. More than 30 million Orange subscribers in the country can now make payments on app stores,...

Middle Eastern video provider links with Fortumo for direct carrier billing

Video-on-demand platform Telly and mobile payments company Fortumo have announced a partnership for direct carrier billing that gives consumers that subscribe to the service the ability to charge payments directly to their monthly phone bill or deduct payments from their...

Telcoms test Softbank's blockchain tech for payments

Japan-based SoftBank Corp., U.S.-based Sprint Corp., Taiwan-based Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. Ltd.

Fortumo brings another Vietnamese carrier online with carrier billing

Mobile operator Vinaphone and Fortumo have launched direct carrier billing on Google Play in Vietnam, according to a press release. Twenty million Vinaphone subscribers in Vietnam can pay for apps and in-app content in the Google Play store using their...

Apple continues to quietly roll out direct carrier billing option for digital content

Apple is continuing to quietly roll out a direct carrier billing for Apple Music, iTunes and other Apple purchases outside the U.S. and recently added the payment option in three more countries, according to a report from Apple Insider. Carrier...

Study: Sub-Sahara Africa driving global market for mobile money

Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for more than half of all mobile money deployments worldwide and is pioneering a range of new mobile money use cases, according to new GSMA data. The latest State of Mobile Money in Sub-Saharan Africa presentation, made...

Safaricom combats M-Pesa fraud with photo IDs

Safaricom is attempting to overcome some recent fraud issues with its popular mobile money service, M-Pesa, the old-fashioned way: checking photo IDs. Safaricom has told local news publications that it recently distributed some 25,000 pre-programmed smartphones to mobile money agents...

Tola Mobile to provide direct carrier billing for Xbox, PlayStation in UK

U.K.-based direct carrier biller Tola Mobile has announced a collaboration with Phonovation, an interactive SMS and voice services company, that enables gamers to instantly purchase Xbox and PlayStation games, season passes and gift cards via their mobile phone account. Gamers...

Huawei partners with WorldRemit to boost mobile money in Africa

Digital money transfer service WorldRemit and Huawei have announced a partnership to make WorldRemit's international money transfer service available to all partners of Huawei's mobile money service platform across Africa. The partnership, which was announced at the GSMA Mobile 360...

Boku expands Microsoft direct carrier billing connections

Boku and Microsoft are set to introduce three new markets in their ever-expanding direct carrier billing relationship. Starting today, Orange mobile subscribers in Romania and Spain will be able to use direct carrier billing as a payment option on Windows...

Safaricom plans upgrade to M-Pesa

Safaricom announced that over the next three weeks it will conduct a major upgrade of the popular M-Pesa platform, according to a press release from the company. This will be the third major upgrade since M-Pesa's launch 10 years ago,...

Polish digital games marketplace launches direct carrier billing with Fortumo

Digital games marketplace Kinguin, mobile operator Orange and mobile payments company Fortumo have announced the launch of hosted direct carrier billing in Poland. Kinguin can now collect payments from customers using the most advanced features of carrier billing — including...

Bango enables direct carrier billing for Amazon customers in Japan

Bango announced that it has enabled a new payment method for Amazon customers in Japan. Amazon customers with a KDDI or NTT Docomo mobile phone account can now pay for physical goods from Amazon.co.jp by charging the cost to their...

Centili subscription-based direct carrier billing live in Indonesia

Centili recently announced partnerships with three Indonesian telecom companies to enable direct carrier billing for subscription-based services, according to a press release. Centili said in the announcement that Indonesia has one of the fastest growing digital populations in Asia with...

Vodafone transfers 35 percent interest in Safaricom to Vodacom

Vodafone Group PLC announced earlier this month that its wholly owned subsidiary, Vodafone International Holdings B.V., has agreed to transfer part of its indirect shareholding in Safaricom Ltd. to Vodacom Group Ltd., its sub-Saharan African subsidiary. Based on the agreed...

Malaysian MNO launches Google Play carrier billing with Fortumo

Mobile payments company Fortumo and Webe, a Malaysian digital mobility services provider and subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia Berhad, have announced the launch of direct carrier billing on the Google Play app store, according to a press release. The partnership will...

Boku brings carrier billing to Windows 10 with Canadian MNO

Telus, one of Canada's largest mobile carriers, has launched a new integration with Microsoft to bring carrier billing to Windows 10 users throughout Canada thanks to a partnership with Boku, according to a company announcement. As part of the integration...

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