Mobile Operators Partner for Direct Carrier Billing in New Zealand

Oct. 24, 2011

Four mobile network operators in New Zealand have agreed to a framework that will enable customers to purchase applications and digital content on their mobile device and have the charge added to their phone bill. 2degrees, Telecom, TUANZ and Vodafone partnered to form the Telecommunications Carriers’ Forum (TCF) Working Party, which has developed the Payforit Trusted Mobile Payments Framework to provide an alternative to credit or debit cards for customers to make low-cost purchases using their mobile phones. The framework is based on the British Payforit service which was introduced in 2006. It allows customers to purchase content and have the charge added to their phone bill or, in the case of pre-pay customers, taken off their account balance. To foster consumer trust in the security of the transactions, members of the consortium said the payment process is managed by Accredited Payment Intermediaries (APIs). APIs that want to participate in the New Zealand scheme must adhere to the standards and guidelines laid out in the framework, according to TCF CEO David Stone. “We anticipate that this will encourage consumer confidence in paying by mobile for content and services,” Stone said, “and in turn generate repeat business and growth in conversion rates for content providers.”