Today Boku has extended their agreement with Microsoft to bring carrier billing to all Windows 10 devices on Orange France, including Windows Phones, Surface tablets, PC’s and laptops. As part of the expanded integration with Boku, Windows 10 customers on Orange France will be able to use their mobile phone number to save their mobile account as their preferred payment method when making any purchase in the Windows Store.
This is the first time carrier billing will be offered as a payment option for the Windows Store in France and will be available across a full range of devices including Windows Phones, Surface Tablets and any PC or laptop running Windows 10.
France is one of the top global markets for Windows 10 adoption, which currently has over 400 Million downloads globally. Orange boasts over 29 Million subscribers, nearly 40% marketshare, in France.
Today Boku is announcing the expansion of carrier billing for Spotify music lovers in Switzerland via Swisscom. This partnership will help 6.5 Million Swisscom Subscribers to access carrier billing as a payment option for Spotify Premium, creating recurring payments quickly and easily using only their mobile number.
Today, Boku announced a significant expansion of our relationship with Microsoft in two key European markets, the UK and Italy, adding carrier billing as a payment option for Windows Store purchases made on Windows 10 devices.
Now, O2 subscribers in the UK and Wind subscribers in Italy can purchase apps, software, movies, music, games and more on any Windows 10 device including mobile phones, tablets, PCs, and laptops using only their phone number.
This expansion comes quick on the heels of our deal with Microsoft in other key developed markets – the US, Germany and Switzerland – proof that carrier billing is the alternative payment of choice in developed and emerging markets alike.
The new Windows Store is available in 242 markets worldwide, and this is the first time carrier billing will be offered as a payment option for Windows 10 devices in the UK and Italy. Windows 10 is also seeing steady growth globally, having already been installed on more than 350 million devices.
Today Boku is announcing the expansion of carrier billing for streaming music lovers with key carrier partnerships in Germany. Now every major carrier in Germany is allowing their subscribers to gain access to Spotify Premium and set up recurring payments using only their mobile number. With this deal, Spotify now offers customers in Germany a carrier billing option for digital their music purchases.
When we announced that Boku’s new e-Money initiative in Europe, we received a flood of inbound questions. What does this license mean for Boku? For the mobile payments industry? What new doors does the license open? How can merchants leverage e-Money?
To answer all of those questions and more, we sat down with James Patmore, Managing Director of EMEA for Boku, to create a video series speaking directly to the questions from merchants and carriers alike. We’ve included the first of these videos below.
James covers a number of topics, some of which are outlined below.
Bringing direct operator billing to physical goods
Some challenges with financial regulations
Benefits of operators outsourcing e-Money related challenges
Yesterday we announced a direct billing agreement with Swisscom, the largest mobile network operator (MNO) in Switzerland. These types of direct billing agreements boil down to a simple idea: when Boku is directly integrated with an MNO’s billing network, customers have a better experience. We’re able to take advantage of all kinds of valuable tools, like granular pricing to give merchants pricing flexibility, easier refund capabilities to help service customers, and a seamless payments experience. And in our opinion, seamless is the only kind of payments experience any customer ought to expect.
Working with Swisscom helps advance our mission of bringing that kind of seamless, bank-grade payments experience to the mobile experience. In terms of nuts and bolts, six million Swiss customers now have access to these advanced billing procedures with great merchants like Electronic Arts, Bigpoint, Facebook and many others. A number of journalists in Europe, the UK and the United States covered the news of the announcements – you can see some highlights from our press coverage in our press section.
Boku today announced a partnership with U.S. Cellular to maximize the adoption of direct-to-bill mobile operator billing as a payment option. Boku is one of the first payments providers to integrate and launch with U.S. Cellular to provide mobile payments for the carrier’s postpaid customers across 26 states.
Online merchants will generate incremental revenue from consumers who find mobile the easiest way to pay online, and attract new consumers who previously were unable or chose not to pay via other payment options, such as credit and debit accounts. When making purchases from their favorite online merchants, consumers will benefit from a convenient and secure payment experience that is accessible to all U.S. Cellular subscribers. Consumers simply enter their phone number to checkout, and respond via text message to confirm the payment with the charges appearing on their wireless bill.
The U.S. Cellular advanced direct billing API supports the following:
An efficient user authentication process that delivers better conversion for merchants
Accurate and timely notification of billing errors impacting purchase (e.g. insufficient funds), giving consumers great transparency
Continuous pricing, enabling merchants to create a wide range of price points
An interface that seamlessly and cost effectively processes refunds within the U.S. Cellular billing system
U.S. Cellular postpaid subscribers can immediately begin paying online with their mobile account at participating online merchants.
On Wednesday October 24th, two different speakers from Boku HQ will be speaking on panels at the Sprint Open Solutions conference in San Jose. The conference, a part of Sprint’s commitment to providing a vibrant ecosystem for mobile app developers and service providers, offers a variety of presentations, panels, breakout sessions and demos that highlight the tools available to vendors offering services to the Sprint network of customers. Ron Hirson, our co-founder and President, and Kevin Grant, our SVP of Sales, will be on the following respective panels:
The business models finally seem to be falling into place – or are they? What is blocking adoption of mobile commerce now? Are we waiting for the merchants? Or is it the banks? Have we simply failed to ignite consumer interest? Are developers still hesitant about grabbing the mobile commerce opportunities? This panel will discuss what’s blocking the uptake of mobile commerce and offer their views on how we can move past those obstacles.
Monetize Your App with Carrier Billing and Go-to-Market Services from Sprint
Come learn from Sprint and Sprints partners about monetizing your application via carrier billing and discoverability opportunities through programs like Place Your Ad. Sprint is enabling the capabilities you need to start reaping financial gain for your mobile business! Hear from developers that are currently using these tools to connect more successfully than ever with end users.
The Sprint Developer conference offers the following to attendees:
“…two-day conference where attendees will get an up close view into the latest tools and capabilities from Sprint and Sprint’s solution enablement partners. Additional topics include new go-to-market services for developers, 4G LTE network and device technologies, network optimization best-practices, and Sprint’s mobile commerce, cloud and M2M strategies.
What attendees can expect this year:
Keynote presentations and panel discussions with visionary industry leaders – audience Q&A sessions during presentations and panels.
Tradeshow floor exhibits – see capabilities from Sprint partners who can help you take solutions to market.
Breakout sessions – learn about Sprint’s go-to-market solutions and participate in hands-on coding sessions with our partners.
Get connected – business critical networking opportunities for developers, start-ups and business attendees.
This is a rare opportunity to interact with industry experts and make contacts vital to the success of your business… the Sprint Open Solutions Conference provides more than simply a carrier perspective.”
The conference takes place at the San Jose Convention center at: 150 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, CA 95113. Come see Kevin and Ron talk about mobile payments and carrier billing. Autographs will be signed for a small fee.
Big news day for us here at Boku stateside and internationally. This morning we announced two new carrier billing agreements with Sprint in the United States and Deutsche Telekom in Germany. With these new agreements, Boku is now processing carrier billing payments for all of the major carriers in each of our top four markets: the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and France.
The announcement has certainly captured the attention of a number of media outlets including:
This morning, the French Association of Mobile Media (AFMM) and the three French mobile operators Bouygues Telecom, Orange France and SFR announced the arrival of Boku as the distributor of MPME Boku, the micro-payment solution online mobile billing platform.
Boku also announced direct mobile billing across Korean Carriers with a Mobilians Partnership. The alliance provides Boku with access to one of the largest digital content markets in the world and enables Korean publishers to extend their business outside Korea for the first time.
mocoNews.net picked up the story in a great article that elaborates on the size and scope of the deals and how this will affect the French and Korean mobile payment market. Tweet away readers, or feel free to leave a comment below. And look for Boku when you checkout online!