The multi-city trial will give drivers a new way to purchase daily and hourly parking at select lots around the country, using only their mobile phone number, with the charge appearing directly on their carrier billing statement. The trial will begin in November in a number of cities such as: Chicagoland, IL; Denver, CO; Charlotte, NC; Ocala, FL; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and Hudson, WI. These cities were chosen specifically because of there large metropolitan areas that have shown strong adoption of PassportParking’s payment solution.
Using Boku’s text-to-pay option to pay for parking, drivers only need to text the parking zone and spot number to a phone number readily displayed at the lot. The payment is authenticated right on the phone, and the charge appears on the user’s mobile statement.
“We’re always looking for innovative ways to improve the parking experience for our customers,” said Bob Youakim, Managing Partner for PassportParking. “People want to park, pay, and get on their way with as little effort as possible. With carrier billing, our parkers can just grab their phones, text, and get back to business. No searching for a pay station or digging for coins or your credit card. That’s a huge value add for our customers.”
“Over the last year, carrier billing has really come into its own as a preferred payment method on new devices, from Smart TVs to game consoles. But bringing our solution to real world purchases has always been a major goal for Boku,” said Jon Prideaux, Chief Business Officer for Boku. “Our partnership with PassportParking is a perfect example of a real world use-case where carrier billing drastically improves the payment experience and shows the value of mobile payments to a much broader audience of consumers.”
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