AT&T Launches Three Mobile Payment Services
AT&T has announced new partnerships with companies called Boku, Zong, and BilltoMobile. All three aim to make it easier for AT&T customers to make payments directly from their mobile phone. Each of the three company's respective systems were developed using specific APIs (application programming interfaces) provided by AT&T so that their technology can integrate directly with AT&T's for customer billing. Boku, Zong, and BilltoMobile allow AT&T customers to make online purchases by entering their mobile number and charging purchases directly to their existing AT&T wireless service account. Web sites that affiliate with the three companies will be able to accept payments made by mobile phones that are charged directly to customer accounts. AT&T hasn't spelled out exactly how consumers will use these services.
Square Makes Payments Simpler with $Cashtag
Square today announced $Cashtag, a new way to make payments online or from mobile phones. The $Cashtag service is based on Square Cash and makes it easier for people or businesses to accept online payments rather than checks.
Microsoft Adds Carrier Billing to Windows Store
Microsoft has expanded an existing agreement with Boku to bring carrier billing to the Windows Store. Sprint is the first carrier too support the service, which means Sprint customers will be able to charge Microsoft Store purchases to their monthly bill.
Google Testing 'Purchases on Google' Within Search
Google has begun testing a way to let people make purchases directly from search results. The feature, called Purchases on Google, will tap into users' saved purchasing credentials to pay for goods and services found on the web.
Mastercard Adds Retail Mobile Payments to Bank Apps
Android owners will soon be able to use their own mobile banking app — rather than Android Pay or Samsung Pay — to make tap-and-go payments in stores. Mastercard has expanded its Masterpass program to mobile devices so consumers can make contactless payments at various retailers.
AT&T to Use Phone Location Data to Help Curb Fraud
AT&T today announced a trial that will see the company use customer location data to help credit card companies make better decisions about whether to decline or approve certain international transactions. The pilot, which kicks off this summer, follows a similar one being tested by MasterCard and Syniverse.