Telefonica companions with Fb, Google, Microsoft and RIM for international service billing

Telefonica partners with Facebook, Google, Microsoft and RIM for global carrier billingMaking a half dozen makes an attempt to guess your login information or typing every digit of a bank card account definitely can get in the best way of following via on impulse purchases, which is strictly the way you’d categorize FarmVille money or a featured flick that you recognize chances are you’ll not have time to observe inside the month. The answer is service billing, eliminating these valuable seconds between impulse and reconsideration, and Telefonica has simply signed on to supply the service to Fb, Google, Microsoft and RIM account holders. The partnerships will allow O2 customers in Germany or Movistar subscribers in Spain to cost purchases to their cell phone accounts, for instance — in complete, 14 Telefonica subsidiaries must be up and operating with service billing by the top of the yr, although some providers, corresponding to Google Play and Fb, have already begun to roll out. Click on by means of to the PR after the break for the complete breakdown.

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Telefónica indicators international agreements with Fb, Google, Microsoft and RIM

05 July 2012– Telefónica Digital immediately unveiled plans to leverage the billing relationships it has with its clients globally to assist drive the monetisation of cellular content material. Telefónica sees the power to pay for digital items and providers by way of a cell phone invoice as a key method of driving downloads of paid for content material, notably in creating markets the place bank card penetration is low.

By means of its Digital unit, Telefónica now has international framework agreements in place to supply direct to invoice funds with Fb, Google, Microsoft and Analysis In Movement (RIM). It has began to roll out the potential in Europe and plans to have it stay in 14 of its working companies globally by yr finish.

Direct to invoice gives a easy and handy means for patrons to buy items, notably digital items, by way of their cell phone. Whether or not they’re shopping for an app, cellular recreation or making an in-app buy, direct to invoice allows the client to easily cost the cost to their telephone invoice or pay as you go credit score, avoiding the necessity to use a bank card. Current analysis from MACH discovered that over a 3rd of European smartphone customers have paid for purposes by way of operator billing*.

The chance in Latin America is especially vital as a result of the truth that 60% of the inhabitants would not have financial institution accounts and trials of direct to invoice in Telefónica working companies have demonstrated its potential to drive gross sales. The place the potential has began to be rolled out it’s already proving widespread with clients. In Germany, four hundred,000 clients per 30 days on common at the moment are making funds for quite a lot of services throughout totally different platforms utilizing the potential.

“Few organisations can declare to have a direct billing relationship with lots of of hundreds of thousands of consumers globally,” stated Matthew Key, Chairman & CEO of Telefónica Digital. “The creation of Telefónica Digital has allowed us to raised harness the facility of this functionality and use it to assist drive the cellular monetisation methods of a number of the world’s largest know-how corporations. We consider that direct to invoice will grow to be an more and more vital a part of the general cellular commerce market.”

“Cellular funds are an essential a part of the enterprise mannequin for cellular net builders, however right now the choices are too difficult for customers,” stated Dan Rose, Vice President of Partnerships at Fb. “We’re excited to be working with Telefonica to implement a streamlined operator billing answer that simplifies the acquisition course of for his or her shoppers and expands pricing choices for cellular net builders.”

“Enabling direct-to-invoice with Telefónica Digital is yet one more essential step to proceed rising our greater than one hundred,000 apps within the Home windows Telephone Market,” stated Tony Mestres, Vice President, Companion & Channel, Home windows Telephone Division, Microsoft. “Direct-to-invoice for Home windows Telephone makes it handy for Telefónica subscribers to make digital purchases on their Home windows Telephones and in addition helps develop our app developer ecosystem with elevated monetization.”

Ronjon Nag, Vice President, Storefronts & Funds, RIM, stated: “The settlement between RIM and Telefónica Digital means direct to invoice buying might be prolonged to our mutual clients globally. Our knowledge means that clients’ propensity to buy apps on BlackBerry App World will increase when this easy, handy technique of buy is obtainable, so we’re delighted Telefónica’s BlackBerry clients can reap the benefits of this handy function. This offers for patrons a neater option to pay for the content material they obtain, and drives higher profitability for builders that create and market cellular content material.”

Telefónica’s dedication to enhancing its capabilities in direct to invoice funds was additional underlined by a strategic funding made earlier this yr in cellular funds specialist, BOKU. The funding, made by way of Telefónica Digital, supplies entry to BOKU’s service provider community, instruments, and know the right way to present the absolute best buyer expertise on this space.

Additional particulars of Direct to Invoice implementations


Telefónica has built-in operator billing with Fb funds, enabling a frictionless two step course of for buying digital or digital items by way of Fb. This functionality is now stay throughout a number of Telefónica markets. Extra info and a full record of which markets it’s obtainable in may be discovered right here: to-monetize-the- cellular-net/ Google

The settlement with Google will see operator billing provided as a cost choice by way of the Google Play Retailer, permitting clients to purchase apps and different content material by way of their invoice. As well as, the settlement permits for the creation of a devoted ‘service channel’ or retailer-in-retailer inside the Google Play Retailer per working enterprise. This can permit Telefónica to create a branded O2 or Movistar channel in respective native markets which can obtain outstanding placement. This channel can be utilized for the native operator’s personal Android apps (i.e. O2 Precedence Moments within the UK) in addition to offering a chance to strike offers with app builders to create promotions round their apps within the branded channel, or give their apps precedence placement.

Operator billing on Google Play is now reside for O2 clients in Germany with Movistar Spain to launch shortly. Different working companies will roll out the potential sooner or later.


Operator billing settlement with Microsoft will allow direct to invoice because the default cost choice for Telefónica subscribers, making purchases in Home windows Telephone Market. Direct to invoice integration with Home windows Telephone Market will present subscribers a seamless, built-in and one step course of to finish their apps, video games, and music purchases. This settlement additionally allows Telefónica Digital to setup their prominently positioned “Retailer inside a Retailer” inside Home windows Telephone Market in native markets.


Direct to invoice funds permits clients to buy apps by way of the BlackBerry App World retailer and cost them to their telephone invoice. That is now obtainable within the UK by way of Premium SMS and Germany via its Direct to Invoice platform.

*Supply: Analysis commissioned by MACH and carried out by Opinium in April 2000 involving 2000 shoppers in UK and Germany

About Telefónica Digital

Telefónica Digital is a worldwide enterprise division of Telefónica. Its mission is to grab the alternatives inside the digital world and ship new progress for Telefónica by way of analysis & improvement, enterprise capital, international partnerships and digital providers corresponding to cloud computing, cellular promoting, M2M and eHealth. It’s also driving innovation in excessive communications providers underneath a brand new umbrella model referred to as Tu. Telefónica Digital will ship these new services to Telefónica’s 309 million clients in addition to leveraging the facility of the web to enter new markets. It’s headquartered in London with regional centres in Silicon Valley, Sao Paulo, Spain and Tel Aviv. Jajah, Terra, Tuenti, Media Networks Latin America, forty eight and giffgaff are all managed underneath the Telefónica Digital umbrella.

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