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.