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An uncertain future

Until recently, operators have been able to play a central role in mobile payments through premium SMS and operator billing for direct and third-party digital services. However, the mobile payments...

opinion

Mobilising the market place

...terminal emulates the card,” Patni says. With an operator-supported YesPay wallet, carrier billing could even be used as the payment mechanism—the crucial factor here is that the secure element and...

opinion

Burning a hole in the pocket

...of that operator’s mobile wallet. In the UK, while the functions of the mobile wallet might be common, if and when the JV is approved, operators will compete on the...

A Week In Wireless

Wherefore went the August lull?

...Vodafone Group (interview coming soon) about the roll out of direct operator billing for apps sold through the Android Market, allowing users to charge purchases direct to their phone bill....

News

Telefonica signs PaymentOne for carrier billing in Germany

Right now it seems like operators are falling over themselves to establish direct carrier billing functionality. Telefónica, which already signed up Boku earlier this week, seems to be spreading its...

News

Telefonica intros carrier billing via BlueVia

operators in the Telefónica Group.” Last week Vodafone begun rolling out direct operator billing for apps sold through the Android Market in the UK and Germany, allowing users to charge...

News

Vodafone offers carrier billing for Android

Vodafone has begun rolling out direct operator billing for apps sold through the Android Market, allowing users to charge purchases direct to their phone bill. Being able to charge Android...

A Week In Wireless

Bump

...Through this deal, Zong gets its hands on PayPal’s eight million merchants, brand power and financial stability, while Paypal/eBay gets Zong’s direct carrier payments network and billing technology, catering to...

News

Paypal ups ante in carrier billing space

...direct carrier payments network and billing technology, catering to around 250 carriers worldwide. In the past Zong has worked on Facebook Credits and other online brands like IMVU, Sulake (makers...

opinion

Stand and deliver

and more flexible solutions will allow operators to innovate on billing and operations in a bid to vastly improve customer service and experience—about the last place left for operators in...

opinion

Life on quality street

...When it comes to policy and billing/charging, DPI really improves visibility.” Director of telecoms solution strategy at Convergys, Tony Jackson, points to the advent of 4G/LTE as “something of a...

News

Sprint joins the Google carrier billing club

Sprint account.” Google has been working on Direct Carrier Billing for Android devices for the past year. In addition to its American carrier agreements, it has also partnered with NTT...

opinion

A cloudy outlook

...in an operator group’s billing platform is not possible in this world. But the telco could externalise its entre billing infrastructure for all subsidiaries, with a centralised billing engine in...

News

App store market opportunity overhyped

...developers; providing third parties with marketing and merchandizing tools; and those offering a wide choice of payment and pricing options along the lines of in-application billing, operator billing, and subscription...

News

Verizon extends app store on BlackBerry turf

...somewhat competitive element of RIM’s own BlackBerry App World, which also sell apps direct to end users, with RIM in charge of the billing system. It could all get a...

opinion

Making the most of it

take the most high profile example, are just exploiting cheap access to the operators’ networks so they can spend money with somebody else. The operators’ impregnable billing relationship was breached...

Interview

A view from the Garrett

being done so that Google can interface more successfully with operator billing systems,” he says. Operator billing models are, in Johnston’s view, dangerously crude and exposed (it’s interesting that it...

A Week In Wireless

Don't Panic!

...Broadband and Long Distance Consolidated Billing Company. The Informer’s no marketing guru, but Long Distance Consolidated Billing Company might want to think about a zappier brand for its mobile services....

opinion

Social services

...to launch a successful social network. “Operators should enhance and enrich a service rather than just compete directly with it,” he says. One of the direct consequences of the mobilisation...

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