AT&T has partnered with three mobile payment services providers in order to allow its customers to pay for digital goods and services directly from their mobile phones.
The company has agreed to partner with Boku, Zong and BilltoMobile, who will offer mobile payment services to AT&T subscribers, allowing them to purchase music, movies, apps, news stories and other digital goods from their mobile phones without revealing any banking information.
The purchases will be billed into their phone account every month.
Before this, mobile payments have been slow to take up in the US because wireless carriers charged 40 per cent on each purchase from the service provider. AT&T said that it had lowered the fee but refused to divulge other details of the deal.
Jim Greenwell, CEO of BilltoMobile, said in a statement: “This form of billing is the logical next step in the e-commerce mobile payments landscape that BilltoMobile and our strategic investor, Danal Co., Ltd, have pioneered for the past several years.”