Bango and MMIT introduce M-Iflọ – The solution to Africa’s complex mobile payment landscape

Partnership with MMIT in AfricaBango and MMIT have released M-Iflọ, a safe payment solution that enables online transactions for digital content. M-Iflọ navigates the complex mobile payment environment in Sub-Saharan Africa and is tailored to the needs of the industry leaders in mobile content.

Africa’s growing population of smartphone users are young, tech savvy and early adopters by instinct. But when it comes to payment for mobile apps and content, African consumers are shut out, excluded from mobile commerce because merchants are fearful of the risks of doing business in Africa. M-Iflọ addresses those concerns and will unlock a world of mobile payments in Africa. Continue reading

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Maria Garcia Vidondo joins Bango as VP Platform Operations

Maria Garcia Vidondo joins Bango as VP Platform OperationsWe’re excited to announce the latest addition to Bango’s management team, as Maria Garcia Vidondo has joined us, as our Vice President Platform Operations. This is a new role which has been created as Bango continues on its growth path, serving increasing numbers of huge clients and seeing massive growth in reach.

Maria’s role is to ensure that the Bango Payment and Analytics experience is always available for Bango’s customers. Maria is focused on several measures which are pivotal to Bango’s business performance Continue reading

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Bango wins Mobile Merit Award 2013

Mobile Merit Award winner 2013We’re proud to announce that we’ve won another award, this time it’s the Mobile Merit Award 2013. We won in the “Mobile Payments and Commerce” category. The Mobile Merit Award recognizes companies, individuals and technologies that have shaped the way in which the world communicates today.

The Mobile Merit Awards are judged by a panel of industry executives, members of the media and consultants. Marc Barach, CMO for Jumio, and a member of the judging panel commented: “All the Mobile Merit Award finalists are doing remarkable things to make our mobile experiences safer, more useful and rewarding. Innovation and execution make for a potent mix and the participating companies certainly set the standard in that arena,” Continue reading

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Bango goes live for Firefox Marketplace

Now enabling payments for Mozilla’s Firefox Marketplace, the new and open store for web apps built using HTML5

Bango announces that their integration with Mozilla’s Firefox Marketplace is now live. Bango is providing operator billing and other billing options in the first Firefox OS launch markets, meaning Firefox Marketplace users can choose to charge the cost of digital purchases to their phone bill.

The service has launched for Firefox OS customers in both Spain and Colombia through the mobile network operator Telefónica, while Poland has gone live through T-Mobile. In addition, Venezuela has launched using Bango’s credit card billing connectivity initially, to be followed by operator billing. Further markets are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Continue reading

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Trevor Goldberg joins Bango to head-up operator partnerships

Trevor GoldbergBango today announces the appointment of Trevor Goldberg, who takes up the newly created position of Vice President Business Development, Mobile Network Operators. Trevor will work with Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to enable them to use the Bango Payment Platform and analytics services to maximize their revenue from the explosive growth of the app store and mobile content sales. This strategic and specialized role has been created to strengthen Bango’s market-facing team at a time of growing MNO demand.

MNOs are looking to deploy their billing systems to charge for apps, digital content and services, and to expose other services to improve user experience. Operators that plug into Bango can roll out services faster, generate more revenue, provide a better user experience and gain analytical information that is not available elsewhere. Continue reading

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Bango extends operator billing in Windows Phone Store

Frictionless mobile payment in fast-growing Indonesian market endorses Bango’s leadership in Direct Operator Billing.

Bango has launched direct operator billing for Microsoft’s Windows Phone Store with the Mobile Network Operator (MNO) Indosat in Indonesia. This enables Windows Phone users to easily purchase digital content without the use of premium SMS messages or the limitations of credit cards. Instead, users enjoy one-click operator billing, charging the cost to their phone bill, without the need to register personal details.

The introduction of operator billing super-charges mobile commerce. Where Bango has introduced operator billing to developed markets with high credit card penetration, the sales of digital goods has routinely increased by 300% to 400%. Where it’s introduced to emerging markets Bango has seen increases in the range of 1000%. Continue reading

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Bango hits 100 operator connections

Bango (AIM: BGO) now has 100 mobile operator payment connections globally. Bango continues to expand the reach of its mobile payments platform to deliver its frictionless payment experience as widely as possible for the world’s leading content providers.

Bango’s 100th operator connection was in Columbia, connecting Telefónica subscribers into BlackBerry World. Those subscribers can now pay for digital goods and services without needing cards, pre-registered accounts or having to send SMS messages, instead they pay with one-click operator billing, charging purchases to their phone bill. This 100th connection means that Bango now has active connections in 47 countries, including the leading mobile operators in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and many more, and extends Bango’s reach to more than one billion mobile subscribers. Continue reading

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