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.
iPhone Owners Can Now Make Payments via PayPal
PayPal today announced that it has added support for Apple accounts. The change means people who use the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and other Apple devices will be able to make purchases from the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, and iBooks using their PayPal account.
T-Mobile Using Apple Business Chat to Bring Customer Service to iMessage
T-Mobile today said its iPhone customers can use the new Apple Business Chat feature to converse directly with T-Mobile customer service representatives. Apple Business Chat is a tool added via iOS 11.3, which Apple distributed to iOS devices last month.
Google Folds Google Wallet and Android Pay Into Google Pay
Google today took steps to simplify its mobile and online payment products by combining them into a single service called Google Pay. Moving forward, Google Pay will encompass the features of Google Wallet and Android Pay.
Android Pay to Support Payments via Google Assistant
Google this week rolled out the Google Payment API, a new set of capabilities that will allow anyone to make in-app or online payments with any debit or credit card associated with their Google account. Google says this option will simplify the process for people to checkout and make purchases online, as it negates the need to fill out cumbersome purchasing forms.
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.