Helios Investment Partners acquires majority stake in TPay direct carrier billing firm

Helios Investment Partners, which claims to be the leading Africa-focused private investment firm, has acquired a 76 percent stake in TPay, a direct carrier billing provider in the Middle East and North Africa region, according to a press release. Helios...

Fortumo expands direct carrier billing partnership with Spotify

Direct carrier billing company Fortumo is expanding its partnership with Spotify in southeast Asia, with an emphasis in Indonesia and Thailand. Fortumo is working with the telco company Telkomsel in Indonesia while its partnerships in Thailand include AIS and DTAC,...

Marvel Media partners with SLA Digital to expand international reach with carrier billing

Marvel Media is partnering with SLA Digital to extend their carrier billing coverage across the Middle East and Asia, according to a press release. Established in 2010, Marvel Media is focused on providing mobile entertainment services to their customers with...

Fortumo launches direct carrier billing with four Swedish telcos

Fortumo has launched direct carrier billing and SMS messaging in Sweden, according to a press release. More than 9 million subscribers of Telia, Tele2, Telenor and Tre can now make payments for digital content including app stores, streaming services and...

Bango launches direct carrier billing with Entel in Chile

Bango has announced that millions of Entel subscribers in Chile are now able to pay using their phone bill for the massive array of content and services sold in Google Play, including Minecraft, Tinder and Google Play Music, according to...

Fortumo connects with Norway MNO for direct carrier billing

Mobile operator Telia Norway (part of Telia Group) and mobile technology company Fortumo have launched direct carrier billing for Google Play. More than 2 million Telia Norway subscribers can now pay for content from the app store by charging purchases...

Playwing signs with SLA Digital for direct carrier billing

Independent game developer and publisher Playwing is teaming up with SLA Digital to enable direct carrier billing payments for their gaming platform across the Middle East and Asia, according to a press release. Playwing launched its service with SLA Digital...

SLA Digital inks pact with Telenor Group for direct carrier billing

Direct carrier biller SLA Digital and Telenor Group, one of the world's largest mobile telecommunications service providers, have signed a global framework agreement making SLA Digital a delivery agent for digital content to a number of Telenor subsidiaries across Europe...

SLA Digital partners with Vuclip to enable carrier billing across emerging markets

SLA Digital has partnered with Vuclip, a premium video-on-demand service provider for emerging markets, to make Vuclip's Viu service available to more customers via carrier billing, according to a press release. "This exciting partnership with Vuclip enables us to expand...

Fortumo partners with Apigate to launch content services in Cambodia

Fortumo and Apigate, a subsidiary of Axiata Digital, have partnered to launch content services in Cambodia via Smart Axiata's direct carrier billing API, according to a press release. This collaboration will enable Smart subscribers to purchase digital content and games...

RGK Mobile signs direct carrier billing agreement with Axiata Digital in Asia

Axiata Digital, through its API gateway service called APIGate, is partnering with RGK Mobile to help integrate two of its major carriers in the region, according to a press release. RGK Mobile will work with Axiata Digital to launch new...

Fortumo launches carrier billing with Deutsche Telekom in Slovakia

The mobile operator group Deutsche Telekom and mobile technology company Fortumo have announced the launch of direct carrier billing in Slovakia, according to a press release. Some 2 million Telekom Slovakia subscribers can now make payments in app stores, games...

Bango partners with Netflix for direct carrier billing in Mexico

Bango has partnered with Netflix to launch carrier billing for Netflix subscriptions in Mexico, according to a press release. Customers who sign up to Netflix can now pay using their pre- or post-paid mobile phone bill. Enabled by Bango, carrier...

Myanmar MNO signs carrier billing deal with Fortumo

Ooredoo Myanmar, a telecom provider in Myanmar, has announced a direct carrier billing partnership with Fortumo, according to a press release. All Ooredoo customers can now make payments for digital content including app stores, streaming services and games by charging...

Bango expands carrier billing for Windows Store and Xbox One across Europe, US

Bango has expanded the availability of direct carrier billing for Windows Store and Xbox One to over 200 million subscribers across Europe and the U.S., according to a press release. European launches for Windows 10 carrier billing through the Bango Platform include EE in the UK, Base in Belgium and 3 in Italy.

Fortumo launches messaging platform to strengthen direct carrier billing services

Direct carrier billing company Fortumo has launched a global messaging platform to enhance the company's products, according to a press release. The platform will give merchants the ability to reach consumers through messaging in more than 100 countries. "Fortumo has...

Bango links with Nigeria MNO for direct carrier billing on Google Play

Bango announced it has launched direct carrier billing for Google Play users with mobile operator 9mobile in Nigeria, according to a press release. Through the 9mobile 9pay wallet, customers in Nigeria can pay media, games, apps and digital content in...

Bango extends carrier billing for Amazon customers in Japan

Bango is expanding direct carrier billing availability to Japanese customers of Amazon Prime and Prime Student membership programs following the launch of direct carrier billing for Amazon retail customers in Japan earlier this year. Amazon customers with an NTT DOCOMO...

Bango brings direct carrier billing to Egypt

Bango is expanding its operations in Africa via a partnership with Victory Link in Egypt.

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...

Mobile games developer Playwing signs with Fortumo for carrier billing

Mobile games developer and publisher Playwing and mobile payments company Fortumo have announced a partnership for direct carrier billing, according to a press release. Users in more than 60 countries can now purchase games and in-app content from Playwing 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...

Video streaming service adds carrier billing via Fortumo

Video streaming service Viaplay and mobile payments company Fortumo have launched a direct carrier billing partnership, according to a press release. Users can purchase access to both Viaplay (€6.99/month) and Viaplay Sport (€9.99/month) by charging the payment to their mobile...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Fortumo launches new hosted direct carrier billing service for digital content providers

Fortumo has announced the launch of hosted direct carrier billing, a new payment product that enables any digital content merchant to use the most advanced features of direct carrier billing, including dynamic pricing, two-step and token-based charging, and recurring payments...

Fortumo debuts carrier billing in 3 African nations

Fortumo has expanded its carrier billing services to three new African markets, according to a press release. More than 79 million mobile phone owners in Algeria, Ghana and Tanzania now have the ability to make payments for digital services. "Africa's...

Smartfren and Bango launch Google Play carrier billing

Direct carrier billing company Bango has announced that Smartfren, an Indonesian mobile network operator, has used the Bango platform to launch one-click carrier billing payment for Google Play customers. This launch is the 15th app store carrier billing activation through...

Mobifone, Fortumo launch carrier billing on Google Play

Vietnamese mobile operator Mobifone and mobile payments company Fortumo have launched carrier billing on Google Play, according to a press release. More than 25 million Mobifone subscribers can now purchase apps and in-app content from the app store and charge...

Centili expands direct carrier billing partnerships in Australia

Direct carrier billing company Centili recently expanded its reach worldwide, thanks to new and extended operator partnerships, according to a press release. Centili's recent partnerships with Optus and Telstra in Australia give the company access to some 19 million potential...

Docomo Digital links with Spainish mobile parking app for carrier billing

Docomo Digital has partnered with the popular Spanish mobile ticket app e-Park to enable customers of the country's three largest mobile carriers to buy parking tickets via direct carrier billing, a first for Europe, according to a press release. The...

Slovenian communications provider to offer direct carrier billing

Telekom Slovenije, a communications service provider in Slovenia, and Fortumo have launched direct carrier billing for the Google Play app store, according to a press release. More than 1 million Telekom Slovenije customers can now charge payments on Google Play...

Pakistani video service launches direct carrier billing with Fortumo

Direct carrier billing company Fortumo and streaming platform Spellfix have announced the launch of a carrier billing partnership in Pakistan. Fortumo said in a press release that Spellfix is the only movie streaming service in Pakistan offering pay-per-view for the...

MasterCard mimics direct carrier billing model with new Veon pact

MasterCard has announced a new business relationship with Veon, a communications provider, that will bring Masterpass to the new Veon platform. Veon provides voice, fixed broadband, data and digital service to approximately 235 million customers in 12 markets. As part...

Mobile Payments Today seeks editorial contributors, bloggers

Mobile Payments Today is seeking editorial content in 2017 from industry thought leaders in the form of contributed articles and blog posts. We're looking for high-level thought leadership pieces that are free of a marketing pitch. Submissions should be between...

Mobile Payments Today publishes new mobile app guide

One of the bigger trends to emerge in 2016 was how payments became a larger focus for retailers as they attempt to keep customers within their app for the entire shopping experience. To that end, Mobile Payments Today is proud...

Malaysian MNO adds direct carrier billing with Docomo partnership

Malaysia mobile operator U Mobile has partnered with Docomo Digital to give customers the option of purchasing Google Play Store content using direct carrier billing, according to a press release. U Mobile will use Docomo's full payment enabler platform to add the new feature.

Fortumo provides Google Play direct carrier billing to Vietnamese MNO

Vietnamese mobile operator Vietnamobile (part of Hutchison Asia Telecom Group) and direct carrier billing company Fortumo have announced the launch of direct carrier billing in the Google Play app store. Thanks to the partnership, more than 10 million Vietnamobile subscribers...

Boku expands carrier billing to Windows 10 devices on Orange France

Boku has extended an agreement with Microsoft to bring direct carrier billing to all Windows 10 devices on Orange France, including Windows phones, Surface tablets, PCs and laptops, according to a press release. As part of the expanded integration with...

Info2cell expands direct carrier billing connections in partnership with SLA Digital

SLA Digital and Info2cell have partnered to bring direct carrier billing to more of their customers, according to a press release. Info2cell is one of the largest mobile application developers in the Middle East and North Africa with connections to...

Boku provides direct carrier billing in Japan for Spotify

Boku has announced that direct carrier billing subscriptions for music streaming service Spotify, which launched in Japan in September, are now available across the country's three largest carriers, according to a press release. In partnership with KDDI, Softbank and NTT...

Telenor, Fortumo extend direct carrier billing partnership to Hungary and Bulgaria

Fortumo and mobile operator Telenor have launched a direct carrier billing partnership in Hungary and Bulgaria, according to a press release. Starting today, more than 6 million subscribers of Telenor in the two markets will be able to make payments...

Spotify expands carrier billing in Asia with Fortumo

Spotify has expanded direct carrier billing availability in Asia thanks to a partnership with Fortumo. As part of this partnership, Fortumo has introduced a carrier billing program specifically for Spotify users in Indonesia and Philippines. "Asia leads the growth of...

SLA Digital brings direct carrier billing to Middle Eastern video streaming service

ICFLIX, an internet streaming service serving the Middle East and North Africa, is partnering with SLA Digital to deliver direct carrier billing to more customers in the Middle East, according to a press release. Founded in 2013, ICFLIX is a...

Bango brings direct carrier billing to Microsoft Windows Store

Bango announced that it has expanded the availability of direct carrier billing for Microsoft Windows Store. For the first time, users in Finland, Norway and Hungary can make purchases from any Windows 10 device, including their Xbox One consoles, using...

Boku raises $13.75M in new funding to bolster direct carrier billing services

Boku last week announced it secured $13.75 million in venture funding to expand carrier billing across numerous carrier connections in developed and emerging markets worldwide, according to a press release. Several of Boku's existing venture investors from Silicon Valley have...

Boku extends direct carrier billing for Windows Store to UK, Italy

Boku has announced an expansion of its service that will bring direct carrier billing to Windows Store customers in the U.K. and Italy, according to a company press reelase. As part of a Microsoft integration with Boku, Windows 10 customers...

Mobile Payments Today releases new Mobile Wallet Comparison Guide

Choosing the right mobile wallet can be tricky and time consuming, but we've done the research for you! The 2016 Mobile Wallet Comparison Guide gathers in one spot a compendium of the industry's top mobile wallets, compiling their differing capabilities...

Fortumo brings direct carrier billing to Indonesia

Fortumo and Indonesia's leading digital telco, Indosat Ooredoo, today announced the launch of direct carrier billing. The partnership will enable 69.8 million Indosat Ooredoo subscribers to make online payments by charging purchases to their mobile account without the need to...

Mobile Embrace expands direct carrier billing into Norway

Mobile commerce company Mobile Embrace has expanded its international direct carrier billing operations into Norway through a new agreement with Telenor Digital, according to a Mobile Embrace press release. "[Mobile Embrace's] direct carrier billing operations continue to expand rapidly," Chris...

Direct carrier biller Dimoco acquires Hungarian SMS service

Dimoco, a direct carrier billing services provider, has announced the acquisition of the premium SMS business of Telekom New Media, a subsidiary of Magyar Telekom, a leading Hungarian telecommunications service provider. "With our recent acquisitions of businesses in France, Greece...

Deutsche Telekom connects Fortumo for direct carrier billing

Fortumo has launched direct carrier billing with the European mobile operator group Deutsche Telekom. The Czech Republic, with 6 million subscribers of T-Mobile, is the first market Fortumo will connect to its platform, according to a company press release. Overall,...

Digital games marketplace launches carrier billing with Fortumo

Digital games marketplace Kinguin and direct carrier billing company Fortumo have announced a partnership that will enable Kinguin users to purchase games and in-game items from Kinguin by charging payments to their mobile phone bill, according to a press release...

Fortumo, Orange direct carrier billing pact launches first in Poland

Fortumo and the mobile operator group Orange have announced a direct carrier billing partnership that covers 29 markets in which Orange operates, according to a press release. Poland is the first country that will see the benefits of the new...

UK consumers can use mobile numbers to buy concessions at entertainment venues

Verteda, a U.K.-based company that provides IT products to sports and entertainment venues, has announced that consumers using its Qjacker mobile mobile app to oder food and beverages at stadiums and arenas can charge purchases to their phone bill thanks...

Fortumo expands reach in Asia with Indonesia partnership

Fortumo and PT Hutchison 3 Indonesia, owner of the GSM provider 3 ("Tri"), have announced the launch of direct carrier billing in Indonesia. The partnership will allow 55.5 million Tri subscribers to make online purchases and have them charged to...

DIMOCO buys Onebip for direct carrier billing services

Direct carrier billing company DIMOCO has announced it has acquired Onebip SpA, a mobile payment company specializing in direct carrier billing services, to enhance its services and European market position, according to a press release. "The combination of Onebip's position...

Bango acquires BilltoMobile's assets from Danal

Bango, a U.K.-based direct carrier biller, announced Monday it has acquired the BilltoMobile carrier billing service and associated contracts from Danal Inc., according to a press release. As a result of the acquisition, Bango is the only processor of carrier...

Fortumo launches direct carrier billing in India with Reliance Communications

Indian mobile operator, Reliance Communications, and mobile payment platform provider Fortumo today announced the launch of direct carrier billing in India. All Reliance Communications customers will be able to make purchases for digital content and games by charging the payments...

Bango launches direct carrier billing in India with Google Play, Idea Cellular

Mobile payments company Bango PLC has implemented direct carrier billing for Google Play on behalf of Idea Cellular in India. For the first time, Android users in India will be able to charge Google Play purchases to their phone bill, a Bango press release said. Idea is the sixth largest mobile operator in the world.

KLM partners with M-Pesa

Vodacom Tanzania has formed a new partnership with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines through its M-Pesa payment service, adding to its existing list list of partner airlines. KLM passengers will be able to pay for tickets, upgrades, excess baggage, reservation change...

Fortumo makes push in Africa

The mobile payments company Fortumo today announced it has launched direct carrier billing in three new African markets, according to a company press release. More than 52 million people in Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia and Senegal can now make digital payments and have the purchases charged to their mobile phone bill.

Boku adds more Spotify direct carrier billing partnerships

Boku has announced carrier partnerships in Germany and Italy to power carrier billing on Spotify, according to a company announcement. This move is an expansion of Boku's existing global partnership with Spotify that first launched in the U.K. and includes...

SLA Digital makes first Google Play connection for carrier billing

The company said the unnamed operator is using its proprietary Digital Services Platform to launch the service.

Mobile Embrace expands carrier billing in Asia

Mobile Embrace said it will bring StarHub customers mobile-optimized digital products and services, and the ability to pay with direct carrier billing.

Fortumo brings direct carrier billing to Malaysia

Some 12 million subscribers of Digi will be able to make online payments by charging the purchases to their mobile phone bill.

Centili expands direct carrier billing partnerships

The company announced it has been working to bring its 3G/4G one-click billing flow coverage to India, Russia, Thailand and Egypt.

Boku expands Google Play direct carrier billing across Europe

As a result of the new deals, subscribers can use one-tap mobile payments to purchase games and apps in the Google Play store.

DOCOMO Digital partners with Swisscom for direct carrier billing

MediaShop Group, a TV and online merchant based in Austria, is the first retailer to use DOCOMO Digital direct billing product.

Fortumo partners with Vietnamese carrier for direct billing

Viettel is the first mobile operator in Vietnam to launch mobile payments on Google Play.

Fortumo brings direct carrier billing to Asian digital content provider

Consumers can now subscribe to HOOQ by charging payments to their mobile phone bill.

Mobile Embrace expands direct carrier billing to UAE

The company has an agreement in place with an unnamed mobile operator in the country.

Direct carrier biller Boku launches new service

Boku Direct enables qualified merchants to integrate carrier billing functionality directly into their billing system.

TeleSign to provide Orange with mobile identity services

The companies said the new partnership brings together TeleSign's portfolio of authentication and mobile identity products with Orange's unique insights about its network and subscribers.

Mobile Payments Today report shows consumers not ready to embrace change

This year's state-of-the-Industry report contains 50-plus pages of charts, comparison data and actionable advice.

Mobile Payments Today seeks editorial contributors, bloggers

We're looking for high-level thought leadership pieces that are free of a marketing pitch.

Mobile Embrace expands direct carrier billing relationships in Asia

Some 260 million mobile subscribers fall under Axiata's umbrella.

Bango moves forward with direct carrier billing initiative

Bango Boost is intended to help mobile network operators and app stores entice consumers to buy more digital goods.

Boku launches carrier billing for new Windows Store

Consumers will be able to use their mobile phone number to add their mobile operator account as a payment option when making purchases of applicable content.

Apple makes direct carrier billing a reality in Russia

San Francisco-based direct carrier billing company Boku is working with Apple and Beeline in Russia to provide the necessary backend support for the purchases.

Direct carrier biller DIMOCO forms new company

DIMOCO Messaging now is an independent, global, telecom carrier-grade A2P (application-to-person) mobile messaging provider with a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) license.

Fortumo intros cross-platform license management solution for digital merchants

The voucher platform has built-in support for giving users access to content for multiple accounts on several platforms through a single voucher.

Fortumo expands Asian carrier billing reach

More than 55 million Vietnamese will soon be able to purchase digital content online and charge payments to their mobile phone bill thanks to a partnership between Fortumo and Viettel.

Philippine MNOs launch carrier billing for Windows Phone Store

More than 70 million customers of Smart and DMPI’s Sun can now charge purchases of apps and games from the Windows Phone Store to their phone bill.

1Pay expands payments coverage through partnership with Fortumo

Merchants using 1Pay now can collect payments in Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia by charging payments to users' phone bills.

Centili launches browser-based direct carrier billing in South Africa

The service enables consumers to buy online and digital items from mobile Web browsers and charge those purchases to their mobile phone bill.

Japanese coffee chain to allow direct carrier billing for gift card reloads

Ueshima Coffee Co. is partnering with Boku to add the capability.

Net mobile AG to power direct carrier billing for Italian MNO

3 Italia is now offering its 10 million subscribers the opportunity to pay for purchases in Google Play as well as Windows Phone Store with direct carrier billing.

Google Play carrier billing comes to Africa

Bango and Telkom South Africa have partnered to launch carrier billing in Google Play, a first for Africa.

Survey participants wanted for 2016 Mobile Payments State of the Industry Report

Mobile Payments Today has released its latest survey for the upcoming 2016 Mobile Payments State of the Industry Report.

Fortumo expands global carrier billing reach with new partnership

A deal with Huawei gives the mobile payments company more coverage, especially in emerging markets.

Boku acquires Italian mobile payment provider

Mobileview Italia was sold by its German parent company, dtms.

Centili signs direct carrier billing deal with major MNOs in Pakistan

The company will work with Mobilink, Telenor, Zong, Ufone, and Warid, which have a combined 136 million subscribers.

Centili signs agreement with Algerian MNO for carrier billing

Ooredoo Group is a leading international communications company with a customer base of more than 93 million worldwide.

Bango expands carrier billing presence in Latin America

The company already powers carrier billing in a number of Latin American markets for users of Windows Phone Store, BlackBerry World and Firefox Marketplace.

Dimoco expands carrier billing service to France with acquisition

Following the share deal transaction, Mpulse France will be renamed Dimoco France E.U.R.L. and will move its company headquarters from Metz to Paris.

Amsterdam loyalty company links with Onebip for carrier billing

Onebip users can earn kooma looma loyalty points on purchases made through its payment system.

Boku links direct carrier billing to Optimal Payments service

Neteller customers can now top-up their stored value accounts by charging the purchase amount for goods and services directly to their mobile phone bill.

Boku launches direct carrier billing on Google Play in the Middle East

The partnership gives Zain mobile carrier subscribers the ability to use one-tap mobile payments to purchase games and apps.

Report: Global carrier billing revenue expected to hit $24.7 billion in 2019

The report also reveals that, although the OS app stores will represent the biggest slice of carrier billing revenues by 2019, they accounted for only 14 percent in 2014.

Fortumo signs pact with India-based OEM for carrier billing

Through the agreement, Mitashi can start collecting payments made by users of its smartphones in 88 countries through carrier billing.

Boku launches direct carrier billing with major Taiwanese MNOs

The partnerships offer cross-platform carrier billing capabilities to more than 32 million mobile subscribers in Taiwan.

Fortumo adds new carrier billing option for one-day access

Hybrid subscriptions enable merchants to provide access to content on a limited time basis in low-income markets.

Content paid via carrier billing expected to hit $14 billion by 2020

Juniper Research asserts that growth will be fueled by a dramatic rise in carrier billed payments made on devices such as tablets, consoles and smart TVs.

Video Internet provider UPC Hungary chooses DIMOCO for carrier billing

The company will handle UPC Hungary's premium SMS transaction volume whenever consumers use premium SMS to buy their digital content.

Centili reduces size of Android in-app payments library SDK

Centili said in the announcement the SDK size is important because lower-end smartphones don't offer massive storage space.

Gemalto, Tapit team to being mobile payments to outdoor media

Companies will give U.K. consumers the ability to to buy digital content by tapping their smartphone on an advertisement that features either an NFC tag, QR code or beacon technology.

Bango intros new direct carrier billing integration

Bango Grid is meant to reduce the time to launch carrier billing routes.

Boku intros new product for streamlined DCB checkout

Phone-on-File is a new cross-platform product that lets consumers store their mobile phone number as a preferred payment method for one-time and subscription purchases.

Fortumo reveals emerging markets payment index

The tool is intended to be used by Web, game and app developers to benchmark their revenue in markets with high smartphone growth and low credit card penetration.

Centili strives to make in-app purchases easier with new offering

Web widget has a new identification feature to streamline future payments on a merchant's website or app.

Budget-friendly smartphone maker chooses Fortumo for DCB

Alcatel OneTouch users in 88 countries can make one-click payments in the App Center app store.

Hong Kong MNO partners with Boku for direct carrier billing services

Subscribers will be able to make purchases on their mobile devices using their mobile phone numbers.

No Internet? Fortumo's new Android SDK can still process payments

Direct carrier biller Fortumo today announced it has launched a new version of its Android in-app purchasing SDK for app stores. The new SDK can process payments even when users are not connected to the Internet, according to a press...

SLA Mobile adds DCB partnership with Rubikomm

Rubikomm, a subsidiary of the well-known European vendor Evisteland, has products installed in more than 15 countries, and works with 25 operators globally, serving over 450 million subscribers.

Fortumo debuts in Kenya

Direct carrier biller enables online payments and in-app purchases for more than 18 million Safaricom customers.

Vodafone Spain partners with Centili for mobile checkout

MNO adds direct carrier biller's trusted payments flow intended for a better mobile checkout process.

Chinese mobile game publisher partners with Fortumo

Developers publishing games on 9Game now have the opportunity to collect additional revenue from up to 83 countries through direct carrier billing.

Cahill returns to Boku as CTO

Former Boku vice president of engineering and one of the company's earliest employees returns after two years away.

Bango brings direct carrier billing to Telkom Samsung mobile users

South African MNO customers can purchase applications from Samsung's Galaxy Apps store and charge it directly to their mobile phone bill or airtime.

Fortumo snags billing pact in China

Company will work with Changyou, a digital entertainment company that operates the Mobogenie app store.

Philippines MNO adds Google Play direct carrier billing

Smart Communications serves about 55 percent of the the mobile market in the Philippines.

Fortumo intros subscription billing for Windows platforms

Developers building apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8 can now enable carrier billing for users in 83 markets who do not have credit cards.

Fortumo signs partnership with two smartphone makers

Company's direct carrier billing product will be implemented for payments in the manufacturers' app stores and Fortumo's app catalog will become available for device preloads.

NFC, in-app purchases expected to drive mobile commerce transactions

Apple Pay is expected to drive NFC purchases together with a host of anticipated deployments by banks using solutions based on HCE technology.

GSMA spills details about Mobile World Congress Shanghai

Conference will focus on how mobile technology is revolutionizing and enhancing every aspect of individuals' lives.

Mobile operator costs rise as margins decrease

In an analysis of 12 international operators, Juniper Research found that margins had fallen by an average of 6.4 percent over a three-year period.

Smart device users contributing to mobile commerce

Juniper Research study finds mobile consumption is surging as consumers are either migrating from desktop usage or becoming first-time ecommerce users through their smartphones or tablets.

GSMA publishes Code of Conduct for MNOs

The trade group has outlined common practices for companies who serve as mobile money providers.

Infobip touts data protection certification

Company used recent investments to enhance its security efforts.

Fortumo opens Singapore office

Siddharth Sahi, an industry veteran with more than 10 years of experience with telecoms, will lead the new operation.

Infobip to use virtual credits, tokens in direct carrier billing pact with Jordanian MNO

Company's currency can be used for games, social networks, multimedia content and smartphone apps.

French telecom expands DCB relationship with net mobile AG

Bouygues Telecom now lets Windows Phone users pay for digital goods via their monthly phone bill.

Samsung signs with Bango for direct carrier billing

Bango will provide carrier billing, collection and settlement for digital content such as games, e-books, music and videos purchased through the Samsung Galaxy Apps store.

DIMOCO lands in Turkey for DCB

Company will work with AVEA, Turkcell and Vodafone.

Fortumo flies into physical goods with Angry Birds plush toys

Company is the latest direct carrier company to dabble beyond the digital content realm.

The direct carrier billing opportunity

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Mobile Payments Today publishes State of the Industry report

MobilePaymentsToday.com surveyed consumers in the U.S., U.K., India and Brazil to discover how they are adapting to the growing mobile payments industry. Our fourth edition is available in five versions.

Fortumo entices Windows mobile app makers with $5K ad credit

Company has launched a program to help developers drive downloads for their apps in emerging markets.

Boku works with Corethree on mobile ticketing

Partnership will enable consumers to charge their bus tickets to their mobile bill using a smartphone app.

Bango working with Amazon and Telefónica Deutschland

Bango, a direct carrier billing company, today announce it is working with Amazon and Telefónica Deutschland for carrier billing services on Telefónica’s network in Germany, according to a press release. The service will be deployed gradually through next year on...

Magazine subscriptions a text away

Boku and IPC Media partnership lets consumers subscribe to periodicals such as woman&home, Marie Claire, InStyle and Ideal Home.

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...

Bubbly pops cork on direct carrier billing for messaging app

Bubbly, a Singapore-based company behind a mobile social network and messaging app, reportedly has launched direct carrier billing to enable users to make in-app purchases, according to a report from TechCrunch. "Ninety-two percent of prepaid card users in Asia have less than $1 on their cards at any given time.

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...

Boku to provide direct carrier billing for parking and mobile ticketing in Europe

Direct carrier biller Boku Inc. and sunhill technologies, a leader in European parking and mobile ticketing services, today announced a partnership to make direct carrier billing available worldwide for sunhill's services. Germany-based sunhill provides mobile solutions to customers seeking cashless alternatives for parking.

Deutsche Telekom inks carrier billing agreement with mopay

Munich-based mopay, a provider of cellphone and landline account billing solutions for online merchants, has announced a carrier billing partnership with Deutsche Telekom. The agreement will allow mopay to connect directly to Deutsche Telekom's international payment hub, the Service Delivery...

Single Click mobile operator billing service from txtNation launches in Sweden

Mobile billing and messaging company txtNation has launched its Single Click mobile Web payment service for use with Swedish m-wallet WyWallet, the company said on its blog. WyWallet is operated by T4 Sverige, a joint venture between Sweden's four mobile...

UK government innovation agency funds Voicekey m-commerce solution

Voice-based mobile authentication provider Voicekey has been awarded the second phase of a small business research initiative m-commerce contract by the U.K. government's innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board. SBRI contracts are being promoted by the Home Office, the U.K.

Mopay signs carrier billing deal with SingTel

Mopay, a provider of cellphone and landline carrier billing payment services for online merchants, has signed an agreement with SingTel, one of Asia's largest telcos. The deal will allow SingTel customers to make purchases with Munich-based mopay's carrier billing technology...

Carrier biller Bango sets up in Interxion's London data center

The U.K.-based mobile payments provider Bango has opened a point-of-presence at Interxion's London data center. Through direct operator billing, Bango enables brands such as Mozilla, BlackBerry, Facebook and Microsoft to charge for goods via mobile phones without the need to...

Bango opens Singapore hub for direct operator billing

Cambridge, U.K.-based Bango, a provider of direct operator billing technology, has opened an office in Singapore to act as its regional operating hub. Bango said the new office will support its activities across Asia Pacific. Bango integrates with mobile network...

SingTel, Boku in direct carrier billing alliance

The Asian telecoms group SingTel has announced a partnership with Boku to launch direct carrier billing in Singapore. The new service will enable SingTel's postpaid subscribers in Singapore to pay for mobile purchases directly from participating merchants via their mobile...

SingTel partners with Mobile Embrace for direct carrier billing

SingTel will offer direct carrier billing to its post-paid customers in Singapore via a partnership with Mobile Embrace, an Australian supplier of mobile marketing, advertising and m-payments technology. Mobile Embrace said its technology will let SingTel post-paid customers buy mobile-optimized...

Onebip wins European Games Group mobile payments deal

The mobile payments company Onebip has been selected by European Games Group as the exclusive provider of mobile payments for its games in key European countries, including the U.K., France, Greece and Poland. Owned by Rome-based Neomobile, Onebip provides mobile...

DOB startup Coda Payments expanding in Asia

Direct carrier biller Coda Payments has raised $2.3 million in Series A funding and plans to expand to Malaysia and Singapore, according to TechInAsia.com. Since launching in March, the Singapore-based startup has partnered with more than 30 digital content providers...

Boku buys Qubecell, breaks into Indian carrier billing market

The mobile payments provider Boku is set to enter the Indian market with its acquisition of Qubecell, one of that country's leading direct carrier billers. The deal was announced today.

Online music service Deezer adds Boku carrier billing option

The streaming music service Deezer will partner with direct carrier biller Boku to let German users pay for subscription services through their mobile phones. The billing option is available through all of the country's mobile operators. Deezer provides unlimited access...

Mobile payments impacting Philippine typhoon relief

Numerous aid efforts are underway to help the Philippines after it was ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan, and mobile payments are playing a key role. According to Quartz, a team from the non-profit Télécoms Sans Frontières was on the ground before...

Vodafone cuts carrier billing option for Google Play

The European carrier Vodafone has apparently dropped direct carrier billing in the Google Play Store for customers in the U.K., German, Italy and Spain, according to Android Police. Vodafone has disappeared from a list of carrier billing partners on the...

Pilot project brings carrier billing to the parking lot

The carrier biller Boku and PassportParking, a provider of integrated cloud-based parking solutions, are running a pilot project to let drivers pay for parking via SMS. Boku said the partnership marks the first time carrier billing has been used to...

Zain taps SLA carrier billing solution for Africa, ME

The telco Zain Group, active in eight markets across the Middle East and Africa, will add services to let customers pay for digital goods through their monthly bill. Zain said the solution, provided by carrier biller SLA Mobile, is among...

Migrant video provider turns to Bango for mobile payment solution

SyQic, which provides country-themed video content, will partner with direct carrier biller Bango to let customers buy content on their mobile devices. Through its "Yoonic" brand, SyQuic serves international migrant audiences with content from their "home" countries. The new partnership,...

Buy Game Credit, txtNation pair up to enable mobile payments for Xbox games

The direct carrier billing and messaging company txtNation has a new arrangement with BuyGameCredit.com that lets the gaming company accept mobile payments for Xbox points and Gold Memberships. According to a news release from txtNation, the points can be used...

Carrier biller Boku opens three offices in Asia Pacific region

The carrier billing and cross-platform mobile payments provider Boku Inc. has opened new offices in Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo, the company announced today, with plans for more offices in the Asia-Pacific region in the coming years. Direct carrier billing allows...

Fortumo, MNO partner to enable mobile payments for Ukrainian gamers

The mobile payments company Fortumo has formed a partnership with Kyivstar, the second-largest mobile operator in Central and Eastern Europe, to allow 25 million Kyivstar customers to make payments in games and applications in the MNO's App Club app store...

Infobip says virtual currency will help developers crack Japanese mobile content market

The mobile messaging and mobile payments provider Infobip has launched a virtual currency service aimed at local and international content providers who want to establish themselves in the Japanese market. ¥Coins, or Yen Coins, are tokens exchanged for digital and...

SLA Mobile celebrates 10 years in business

The Belfast, Northern Ireland-based technology solutions and consultancy company SLA Mobile is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary. SLA opened on Sept. 23, 2003, as a professional services and software development business in the mobile ecosystem.

Streaming-on-demand music provider Rhapsody taps BilltoMobile for mobile payments solution

Direct carrier billing has typically offered a certain appeal to brands like Facebook and Zynga that sell high-margin virtual currency. More recently, however, firms with tighter-margin but high-value products — think streaming media — are also feeling the need to...

After UK rollout, Sony and Boku will introduce carrier billing in US

Months after reaching a deal to let U.K. consumers buy content on Sony devices, Sony and Boku will bring the arrangement to the United States.

Mobistar extends direct carrier billing to Google Play

Belgian Android device users can now buy apps, games, music and e-books from the Google Play store and pay through their monthly Mobistar bill or via prepaid credit card, the company announced. Mobistar said it is the only Belgian mobile...

Singapore telco will let users pay for Google Play store apps via monthly phone bill

Customers of SingTel, a mobile phone provider in Singapore, will soon be able to pay for Android apps from Google's Play store through their monthly bill. According to The Straits Times, SingTel is the first carrier in Southeast Asia to...

Webinar on carrier billing now available on demand

The webinar “Beyond Bandwidth: Opening New Revenue Through Carrier Billing” is now available for viewing on demand. The app economy continues to grow at an explosive rate, with some predictions putting it close to $25 billion worldwide. But as it...

Swiss firm Lotaris also strikes deal with Fortumo for direct carrier billing

Switzerland-based software licensing solution company Lotaris announced today it has partnered with mobile payments company Fortumo for carrier billing on Windows 8 and Windows Phones. Carrier billing by Fortumo will enable developers using Lotaris' in-app Commerce solution to charge end-users...

Fortumo completes China coverage with China Unicom and China Telecom deals

Mobile payments provider Fortumo today announced direct carrier billing agreements with China Unicom and China Telecom. Together with an earlier partnership with China Mobile, Fortumo is now the first and only mobile payments provider that can provide mobile operator billing...

Partners Mobile-XL and payvia offer mobile payment option for feature phones in developing markets

Carrier biller provider payvia has announced a partnership with Mobile-XL, a browsing platform for feature phones that offers access to digital services such as Facebook, Twitter and email. Mobile-XL targets markets in Africa and India, using SMS as a data channel.

Boku expands reach of carrier billing to the PlayStation

To this point, direct carrier billing, where consumers place their digital purchases on their monthly phone bill, has been a tool for buying mobile content and providing app developers a convenient, seamless payment experience for consumers using smartphones and tablets....

Amdocs links 50M Indonesian wireless customers to carrier billing

Amdocs, a provider of customer service and billing software, announced a deal with Indonesian mobile provider XL Axiata to provide direct carrier billing for app stores to the carrier's 50 million subscribers. The partnership means XL Axiata is the first...

Fortumo offers Cubie users a direct carrier billing option

Direct carrier billing will be making it easier for "Cubiers" to make purchases while chatting on their mobile devices. Cubiers are users of the Cubie chat app, and thanks to Cubie's integration of Fortumo's direct carrier billing platform, they can...

Apple piques more speculation with another mobile payment patent

There are few questions mobile payment followers like to debate with as much gusto as "What's Apple up to?" A new patent application unearthed by Apple Insider will only add to the discussion. The patent, filed earlier this year, is...

Carrier biller txtNation expanding its European presence

Direct carrier biller txtNation is expanding into Belgium. The company announced that it has officially switched on direct connectivity across all mobile operators in Belgium. "Being a Tier 1 mobile aggregator in any market provides us with far more options for growth, and Belgium is no exception," txtNation Director Michael Whelan said.

Corona developers get carrier billing via Fortumo

Mobile development software company Corona Labs is joining with mobile payments provider Fortumo to bring in-app purchasing in 80 countries to Corona SDK's developer community. With Fortumo, developers will have access to direct carrier billing to monetize their apps According...

InfoBip to offer direct carrier billing through merchant services provider IPS

Carrier biller Infobip is partnering with merchant services provider International Processing Solution to offer mobile billing services, meaning IPS' merchants will have the option of letting customers pay for digital goods by placing the charge on their monthly phone bills....

Fortumo to provide carrier billing to Telefónica, Telenor subscribers

Fortumo, a provider of direct carrier billing, has signed a deal that will bring its services to the subscribers of wireless carriers Telefónica and Telenor using Bluevia payment API from Telefónica Digital. Between those two carriers, Fortumo will now provide...

With Mogreet acquisition, payvia expands beyond direct carrier billing

Direct carrier billing, where consumers place the purchase of digital goods on their monthly phone bill, doesn't get the same attention as other mobile payment technologies like NFC or mobile wallets, but it's one part of the mobile payment market...

Samsung, Telefónica Digital sign direct carrier billing pact

Telefónica Digital, the business division of wireless carrier Telefónica, is teaming with Samsung Electronics to make direct carrier billing easier. Direct carrier billing allows users to purchase virtual goods and place the cost of that purchase on their monthly phone...

Barnes & Noble taps Fortumo to provide in-app payments for NOOK devices

Retailer Barnes & Noble Inc. is making it easier for NOOK users to buy digital goods through their e-readers.

BilltoMobile powers purchases for online gaming company NCSOFT

Carrier biller BilltoMobile is providing services in North America for massive multiplayer online company NCSOFT . The company has been providing mobile payment services to NCSOFT's Korean operations for more than a decade. Using the BilltoMobile option, gamers can purchase...

InfoBip and neXva unite on new mobile app, payment business model

Mobile network operators around the world are watching developers make money by offering apps to subscribers. App developers are looking for ways to reach more potential customers.

Fortumo snags new funding, new carrier partners

Carrier biller Fortumo has received a hefty investment from Intel Capital and Greycroft Partners. The amount of funding wasn't announced, but TechCrunch reported it's around $10 million. "We have been impressed with Fortumo's strong product focus and ability to execute," said Dana Settle, a partner with Greycroft, in a statement.

Carrier biller DIMOCO sees sharp increase in revenue, transactions

Austrian mobile payment and messaging service DIMOCO said it saw an increase in mobile payment transactions and revenue year-over-year. For 2012, the company's mobile payment revenues increased by 65 percent, DIMOCO said.

Mopay opens offices in Korea, Indonesia

Mobile biller mopay is expanding. The company has announced two new offices in Asia — one in Seoul, South Korea and the other in Jakarta, Indonesia.

MACH, payvia form carrier billing partnership

Direct carrier biller payvia and mobile services provider MACH have announced plans to form a partnership. Through the relationship, MACH will use payvia's footprint and relationships with wireless carriers to bring its carrier billing services to the U.S.,while payvia will...

Neomobile brings one-click carrier billing to Opera mobile browser

Direct carrier billier Neomobile is linking with Opera Software to make it easier for users of the Opera Mini mobile browser to use Neomobile billing services. Opera Commerce, a subsidiary of Opera Software, will integrate Neomobile's mobile payment system into...

Fortumo entices Windows app developers by waiving fees

Direct carrier biller Fortumo was one of the first payment providers to support in-app payments in Windows 8. Now the company is offering an incentive to attract Windows developers: The company has announced that it's waiving its commission for six...

BOKU connects to U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular has nabbed a second direct carrier billing partner.

Onebip carrier billing to support Android devices

Neomobile's mobile payment service Onebip is launching a subscription payment service for Android devices, the company announced today. A carrier billing service, Onebip places purchases on a subscriber's monthly phone bill, and specializes in recurring payments for subscription services. Onebip...

Bango, Telefónica Digital sign mobile payment pact

U.K. carrier biller Bango and Telefónica Digital, the new business division of wireless carrier Telefónica, are looking to make it even easier for consumers to buy from mobile app stores.

TxtNation commits to new version of UK micropayment scheme

U.K. carrier biller txtNation has announced that it's offering Payforit 4, the latest version of the Payforit micro-payment scheme, on its platform for U.K.

Aussie telcos prep for mobile payments

Australian telcos Telstra and Vodafone are predicting that 2013 will be the year when mobile payments gain a real foothold down under. The reason: a rising number of NFC-enabled mobile phones that will bring contactless payment capability to a broader consumer base. In a report by The Australian, Telstra chief technology officer Dr.

Bango powers new direct carrier option for Google Play

Direct carrier biller Bango PLC is back in the news. This time, the company is offering mobile payment integration with Google Play, which allows consumers to purchase digital content through the Google Play application store by putting the purchase on...

Carrier biller mopay offering loyalty, CRM tools

Direct carrier biller mopay is making its payment platform more useful to merchants, adding functionality that includes a mobile loyalty management suite. Merchants will have access to customer relationship management, loyalty and gamification tools, as well as a new feature...

BlackBerry App World now offering carrier billing through 50 operators worldwide

BlackBerry device maker Research In Motion announced that more than 50 carriers have implemented a direct carrier billing solution for customers through the BlackBerry App World storefront. RIM said the announcement marks a milestone for the company and represents a...

Bango and Orange bring direct carrier billing to Facebook in France

French wireless operator Orange has announced that it will offer Facebook's mobile payment option, allowing users to buy online services via their mobile devices. Powered by Bango's direct carrier billing services, the option lets Facebook users put their purchases on...

Carrier biller txtNation expands its global footprint

Direct carrier biller txtNation has announced that it is expanding its services to reach more countries and integrate with more mobile network operators. Merchants will now be able to connect to the billing platforms of carriers in several countries, including...

Windows 8 gets some carrier billing support through Fortumo

Direct carrier biller Fortumo will support Windows 8 apps, making it the first mobile payment company to do so. The company already provides in-app payment support for the Android and web apps of more than 70,000 online merchants in more...

Telenor, Telefónica offering mobile payments through BlueVia platform

Wireless carriers Telenor and Telefónica are cooperating in an effort to make Telenor APIs available on Telefónica's BlueVia platform. BlueVia is a "shared API platform for building and marketing applications," that gives app developers the ability to create apps and get them to 311 million Telefónica subscribers worldwide.

UK carriers sign with MACH for carrier billing services

MACH, a direct carrier billing provider based in Luxembourg, announced it had signed deals with the U.K.'s largest wireless carriers to implement its carrier billing services. The company said it has agreements with Vodafone, Everything Everywhere and Three, and is...

Direct carrier biller boxPAY expands into Asia

Irish carrier biller boxPAY is expanding its footprint. The company provides digital merchants the ability to offer end users a direct carrier billing option when paying for virtual goods, and it's now launching services in several countries in Asia, including...

Skype to let users place charges on carrier bills

In an interesting mash-up of disruptive technologies, Skype, the Microsoft-owned telephone service that lets users route calls over the Internet, has selected MACH as a direct carrier billing provider. Through MACH's services, Skype users will be able to purchase Skype...

Study: Popularity of direct carrier billing on the rise

Direct carrier biller mopay has announced the results of a new study it conducted on consumers' spending behavior using direct carrier billing. According to the study, mobile payments traffic from direct-to-carrier billing experienced a four-fold increase during the three-year period covered in the study.

Obama campaign accepting donations by text through payvia

Presidential campaigns are embracing mobile payments in a big way, with both the Romney and Obama campaigns distributing mobile point-of-sale solutions from Square that let campaign workers accept donations by credit and debit card. And now the Obama campaign is...

OpenMarket throws support to UK mobile billing standard

OpenMarket, a provider of mobile messaging and mobile payment solutions, said it is throwing its weight behind the new Payforit 4 mobile payment standard in the U.K. The company said that digital merchants in the U.K.

Text2Pay introduces a '1-Tap' direct carrier billing feature

Text2Pay is launching a "1-Tap billing" feature for mobile websites. With the feature, consumers can quickly purchase digital goods and services via mobile phone. The new 1-Tap billing feature uses an identification process based on the user's phone number.

New Smart TV app, mobile payment SDK from boxPay

BoxPAY, a mobile payment provider for web merchants and game developers, announced it is launching a new Smart TV mobile payment service to enable in-app and subscription payments, as well as a new Android SDK for in-app mobile payments. BoxPAY...

Payvia announces new platform, deals with Sprint, T-Mobile

Payvia Inc., a direct carrier biller, announced it has launched its next-generation mobile payments platform and agreements with Sprint and T-Mobile USA. "We are excited to unveil our new mobile payments solution delivering a convenient payment option that complements merchant...

Mopay expands carrier billing platform to Middle East, North Africa

Direct carrier biller mopay announced it has successfully completed a large scale network extension initiative in the Middle East and North Africa region. The initiative covers 15 countries, the company said, including Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the...

Onebip offers single-click payment for mobile purchases

Mobile commerce company Neomobile announced its Onebip unit is offering a "single-click" purchase feature for its Onebip Mobile Browser. The features gives mobile consumers a quicker, more intuitive method for purchasing digital content and services such as music and video...

Bango releases non-stellar financial results

U.K.-based direct carrier biller Bango announced financial results for its fiscal year ending March 31, 2012, and the numbers weren't spectacular.

GlobalConnect selects Boku as mobile billing partner

GlobalCollect, a provider of online payment services in the e-commerce market, announced today that it has selected Boku as its global mobile payments partner. The partnership integrates Boku's payments platform into GlobalCollect's international payment network, so merchants can take mobile...

Facebook is taking the friction out of mobile payments

Facebook is trying to make mobile transactions easier by rolling out a new mobile payments process for developers who want to use Facebook Credits to monetize their mobile web apps. This follows a promise the company made at this year's...

PayOne adds T-Mobile to its carrier billing network

Direct carrier biller PayOne, formerly PaymentOne Corp., announced a new billing relationship with U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile USA Inc.

Onebip launches a mobile payment browser

Onebip, the mobile payment business of m-commerce company Neomobile, announced it has launched Onebip Mobile Browser, a new mobile browser-based purchasing solution, across more than 70 countries worldwide. With the Onebip Mobile Browser, online merchants such as game publishers and...

Boku exec to Amex

Showing yet again that mobile payments is experiencing a talent shortage, American Express announced it has snagged David Yoo, direct carrier biller Boku's VP of Strategy, Product and Marketing. He'll be leading Amex's Commerce Innovation team looking at new products for American Express cardholders.

Obama campaign employs novel approach in texting donors

President Obama's reelection campaign has been using Square's mobile POS system for some time as a part of its fundraising efforts, and now it's adding an additional mobile payment tool: SMS text messages. According to a report by Time Magazine,...

Mopay offers recurring option to carrier billing

International direct carrier biller mopay has added an extended recurring billing feature to its global mobile payments platform, the company announced in a press release. With the new recurring option, online merchants who offer subscription-based services can offer consumers the ability to pay for their subscriptions via their mobile phone bills.

PaymentOne rebrands as PayOne

"No credit card required" provider PaymentOne is streamlining its name to PayOne in a rebrand, according to a blog at intomobile.com. Along with a new logo, there’s a whole new look, new website and new simplified One-One-Click mobile payments platform.

Direct carrier biller PaymentOne rebrands as PayOne

Direct carrier billier PaymentOne has a new name: PayOne. The new name is part of a complete rebranding the company announced today that includes a new website, look, and the launch of a simplified One-Click mobile payments platform. As a...

Mopay brings carrier billing to Wargaming.net

Direct carrier biller mopay is working with MMO game developer Wargaming.net to make it easier for more players to join the game. The company was selected by Wargaming as an alternative payment method so players in MMO (or massively multiplayer...

Vindicia to offer carrier billing via Boku

Boku is back in the news this week with another partnership. The company announced it's teaming with Vindicia, a provider of billing and marketing services, to offer mobile carrier billing support for Vindicia's CashBox service. Cashbox is Vindicia's marketing, CRM and billing platform for digital merchants.

Amdocs offers MNOs new mobile payment gateway

Amdocs, better known for providing billing and operations support to major wireless carriers, announced a new mobile payment gateway for mobile operators. The company has launched its new Amdocs Mobile Payments solution, saying the new solution is a cloud-based gateway...

PayPal announces carrier billing, partnerships at MWC

PayPal is showing off its mobile strategy at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. The company is using the conference to announce some new mobile partnerships and products. The eBay Inc.-owned payment company announced today the launch of its PayPal Carrier Payment Network.

WorldPay selects Boku to offer merchants mobile payment option

Direct carrier biller Boku Inc. has a new partner.

PaymentOne rolls out direct carrier billing API supporting HTML5

Direct carrier biller PaymentOne is looking to make payments on mobile devices easer while also supporting the new HTML5 standard. The company said it is releasing a new API for an HTML5-compliant Web-based payment flow for digital content creators. The...

Facebook signs deal with Bango

U.K.-based mobile analytics and direct carrier biller Bango has signed an agreement to provide payment services to social media network Facebook. The terse statement from Bango provided few details.

Carrier biller mopay forms Latin American partnership with paymentez

Direct carrier biller mopay inc has announced a new partnership aimed at the Latin American market. The company has formed a partnership with Brazilian alternative payments network paymentez. Mopay will add its direct carrier billing method for single and recurring...

Text2Pay releases new billing wizard

Global mobile payment provider Text2Pay today announced the launch of a new wizard tool to onboard merchants to its mobile billing platform wizard. According to the company, digital merchants can be ready to accept payments using Text2Pay within minutes using...

PaymentOne, Live Gamer partner on mobile billing solution for gaming, entertainment

Direct carrier biller PaymentOne and Live Gamer, a digital commerce and advertising platform for the interactive entertainment industry, announced PaymentOne's AnyPhone payment method has been added to the Live Gamer platform. AnyPhone gives end users a simple way to make...

Mopay makes a match with online dating sites

Giving out your number has taken on a whole new meaning in the dating world. Direct carrier biller mopay announced the launch of new payment service tailored for online matchmaking sites that lets users of online dating services pay for those services using their mobile numbers.

Skrill makes payments on mobile devices easier

Skrill, a U.K.-based digital wallet provider, announced it is launching a product meant to make online purchases through a mobile device easier. The new Skrill 1-Tap connects to Skrill's digital wallet and lets users enter payment details on participating merchant...

Direct carrier biller BilltoMobile makes its mobile payments easier

Direct carrier biller BilltoMobile announced a new, simpler one-click process for consumers shopping on their mobile web browsers. The company's new process means customers can apply their purchases to their mobile phone bills with fewer clicks, making it easier to...

Survey: online shoppers still worry about security, prefer direct carrier billing

Online payment security remains a concern for consumers, and according to a new study, that concern could mean online retailers in the U.S. are leaving a lot of cash on the table. According to a recent survey by Javelin Strategy...

Direct carrier biller Bango announces deal with Amazon

U.K.-based mobile analytics and direct carrier biller Bango announced today that it has signed an agreement to provide services to online retailer Amazon. What the services will be, and what this means for payment options on Amazon, is unclear at this time. The announcement from Bango was brief and provided few details.

Fiserv study reports use of mobile bill payment growing

New research from Fiserv Inc. shows that mobile payments is about more than paying for purchases at the point of sale. According to Fiserv, a technology provider to financial services companies, consumers are increasingly relying on their mobile devices to pay their household bills.

New Zealand carriers create cooperative direct carrier billing framework

New Zealand's mobile phone operators announced they have agreed to a framework that supports the mobile purchase of digital content through a direct carrier billing model. The companies — 2degrees, Telecom, TUANZ and Vodafone — are members of the Telecommunications...

New in-app payment service offered by Ericsson

Ericsson, a provider of technology services to the telecommunications industry, has announced the debut of its In Application Payment service based on the company's Internet Payment Exchange (IPX) service platform. The IPX service platform takes care of a host of...

PaymentOne announces program to speed merchant payments from direct carrier transactions

Direct carrier biller PaymentOne Corporation today announced PayOne FastPay, a new program that guarantees disbursements to merchants in as fast as seven days. Currently, payments to merchants from direct carrier billing purchases can take 60 to 90 days to process....

Bango offers book lovers direct carrier billing on GoSpoken.com

Beware, bibliophiles. You now have one more way to spend money on books. Bango, a mobile analytics and payment company, announced it is making direct carrier billing available to consumers of Mobcast's GoSpoken.com, a retail platform for digital books on mobile devices.

Telefónica and BlueVia select BOKU as billing partner

BlueVia, the global developer program of wireless giant Telefónica, today announced the release of a new billing API that lets developers and merchants link in-app payments to mobile operator bills without additional authentication. BlueVia also selected direct carrier biller BOKU Inc.

BOKU reaches all of France with two new deals

Thirty-two million French cellphone subscribers now have an easier way to pay for content on their phones. Direct carrier biller BOKU announced today it has expanded its services to French carriers Bouygues Telecom and SFR.

Zong snapped up by eBay, added to PayPal

Online auction company eBay Inc. announced it completed its acquisition of direct carrier biller Zong.

Zong acquired by eBay for $240M

UPDATED: Online auction company eBay Inc. announced it has agreed to acquire Zong, a direct carrier biller, for approximately $240 million in cash.

BilltoMobile goes global

Direct carrier biller BilltoMobile announced that its services will soon have a global reach, giving its U.S. merchants access to billions of mobile subscribers in the EU, Asia and South America.

BilltoMobile adds to its merchant roster

BilltoMobile, a provider of direct mobile billing (DMB) services, announced agreements with several new merchants involved in the online digital goods and services market. The new partnerships include online game publishers Aeria Games and Gala Net, mobile dating sites Flirtomatic...

Zong expands platform to game consoles, TVs

Zong, a provider of direct mobile billing (DMB) services, announced it is expanding its platform to enable its mobile payments services across a number of new platforms and software environments, including Adobe Flash; Unity, a popular environment for video games;...

BilltoMobile inks deal with Sprint

Mobile payment provider BilltoMobile announced it has completed an agreement with wireless carrier Sprint Nextel Corp. The agreement allows Sprint subscribers to charge purchases of digital goods from BilltoMobile's online merchants directly to their wireless bills. Direct mobile billing methods...

BOKU and BilltoMobile announce cooperative agreement

While stories regarding near field communication (NFC) technologies are grabbing considerable attention this week, developments in other forms of mobile payments continue. Earlier this week two direct mobile billing (DMB) companies, BOKU and BilltoMobile, announced a cooperative agreement to provide...

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