Amazon is working with Bango to bring a carrier billing option to users of “certain Amazon mobile applications running on Telefonica devices in Germany.”
Amazon is making its payment system smartphone friendly by allowing users of Amazon’s appstore to charge purchases of apps and in-app purchases to their phone bills. Having taken nearly three years to roll out carrier billing, Amazon is trialling the service in Germany. Bango, the UK carrier billing company, announced that it will be working with Telefonica’s O2 to bring carrier billing to users of Telefonic devices in the country over the next year.
There is currently only a single device where the new service is currently available – a Samsung Mini, running on the O2 network, in Germany.
While Amazon has committed to expanding its mobile capacities by bringing out a new payment system soon after the introduction of the Amazon Fire phone, the two don’t currently work together. Amazon has chosen to work with O2’s direct rival, Deutsche Telekom, owner of T-Mobile, to market the Amazon Fire in Germany.
“If you are one of Amazon’s newest phone customers in the country — with a phone and its ties to a carrier being the most optimal environment to use carrier billing — at this moment, you won’t be able to use carrier billing,” TechCrunch points out. “If you are an Android user on the O2 network that has turned on Amazon’s appstore, you will.”
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