Optus adds direct carrier billing partners

Optus adds direct carrier billing partners

Signs with Boku and BlackBerry as it moves to offer a "seamless connected world"

Optus has partnered with technology innovators, Boku and BlackBerry, in a move designed to offer customers direct carrier billing.

This will allow them purchase credits, games, apps and more on selected platforms, with charges appearing directly on their Optus monthly bills.

As a result, customers won’t have to register bank accounts or credit cards, resulting in a straightforward billing experience on both mobile devices and the Web.

These billing options are available through platforms such as Facebook and BlackBerry App World, with more to be announced in the future.

SingTel and Optus digital communities and ecosystems vice-president, Austin R. Bryan, said, “The partnerships take us another step closer to the seamless connected world we’re aiming to offer Optus customers.”

Optus has partnered with Boku, an established global payments solution, to allow Optus customers to purchase Facebook Credits for games, gifts and vouchers and be billed to their monthly Optus bills.

It claims this streamlined experience, by which customers pay via their mobile number and confirm the purchase via text message on their mobile device, is more secure than using credit and debits cards.

In a similar initiative, Optus has partnered with BlackBerry so customers can choose to purchase apps and games from BlackBerry App World and have the charges appear on their Optus mobile bill.

Users can also purchase additional features within games and apps while having the charges appear later to help ensure their experiences are not interrupted.

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