Bango continues rapid-fire roll out of Google Play carrier billing with two in one week

Bango Payment Platform ensures rapid, error-free integration and activation

Bango and Batelco, the Bahraini mobile operator, have launched carrier billing for Google Play ahead of schedule, thanks to the highly-evolved capabilities of the Bango Payment Platform. Batelco customers started using carrier billing to purchase apps, games, music and films, after the operator completed a rapid, error-free activation of the service using the Bango Payment Platform.

The Bango platform technology has enabled the smooth launch of more than 20 app store grade carrier billing routes across the Middle East region. The Batelco Google Play activation was in the same week as the Bango Payment Platform was used to activate Google Play in Oman. Continue reading

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Bango Boost receives Innovation in Engagement award

Bango has continued its history of award wins at the Meffys, this year winning the Innovation in Engagement award for Bango Boost technology. This comes only weeks after Bango won the Best Alternative Payments Project at the Payments Awards, for enabling the first launch of Direct Carrier Billing in India with Google Play. Continue reading

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Things we learned at the Bango Alternative Payments Nexus

Bango Alternative Payments NexusBango recently gathered leading players in the mobile payments industry to discuss enabling the next 5 billion to access content through ‘The Third Wave’ of payment methods. The Bango Alternative Payments Nexus was an invite-only, one off event held at The Bloomberg HQ, London.

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Payments Awards 2016 winner

Bango has been crowned the Best Alternative Payments Project winner at the Payments Awards 2016. Bango received the award in recognition for implementing the first Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) launch for Google Play on the Indian Sub-Continent, in partnership with Idea Cellular.


Recognizing and celebrating cards and payments excellence and innovation, the Payments Awards were held on 20 October in London. Shortlisted for the Best Alterative Payment Project alongside bPay by Barclaycard, Paysafe Group and Vodafone Group Plc, Bango were proud to be selected as the winner. Continue reading

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Bango makes key hire to lead Latin American operations

fernando-diasBango announces that it has hired Fernando Dias to head-up operations in Latin America. This is the latest move in Bango’s strategy to expand global support for app store partners. Based in Bango’s office in Sao Paulo, Fernando will drive the roll-out of Bango’s globally successful model for activating carrier billing across the region.

A long-term and high-profile executive in mobile technology businesses, Fernando has played a leading role in the development of Value Add Services across Latin America. He was Chief Executive of Pure Bros, one of the pioneers of carrier billing for mobile content in the region, and most recently won new business for Minutrade, a business focused on mobile customer loyalty. Continue reading

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Payment executive Robert Payne joins Bango to develop US partnerships from new Silicon Valley office

Senior Exec team hire will focus on new opportunities with leading digital stores

Bango announces that Robert Payne has joined its executive team as Executive Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. Rob brings over 25 years’ experience, most recently at Danal Inc., which became the leading carrier billing provider in the US market and a leader in digital identity technology. He will be based in Bango’s expanded Silicon Valley office in San Jose, CA.

The world’s leading digital stores are using or evaluating the Bango Payment Platform to provide carrier billing and other alternative payments to their customers. Rob brings his extensive experience to Bango, working with the largest West Coast technology businesses, ensuring that Bango remains focused on delivering technology to maximize both their own, and their partners’ success in the years to come. Continue reading

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Bango brings cross-device carrier billing to millions more Windows 10 users

Xbox One users can pay with carrier billing from the console for the first time

Bango announces that it has expanded the availability of carrier billing for Microsoft Windows Store. For the first time, users in Finland, Norway and Hungary can make purchases from any Windows 10 device, including their Xbox One consoles, using their mobile phone account.

As a result of activating carrier billing for Microsoft, customers on Elisa, DNA and Telenor mobile networks in these countries can use the convenience of one-click billing in the Windows Store to pay with their pre and post-paid phone bills. This method of payment is available to PC, tablet, smartphone and Xbox One users. In established mobile markets such as these Direct Carrier Billing generates increased payment conversion rates of up to 10x. Continue reading

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Report finding: Subscribers using carrier billing in Google Play spend more across all operator services

Subscribers using carrier billing in Google Play spend more across all operator services. This is a key finding from a new report published by Bango – “App store carrier billing: Transforming subscriber behavior”.

It is widely believed that offering carrier billing cannibalizes operator revenues from traditional services. Bango, in conjunction with Belgian operator Proximus, investigated this belief in detail, comparing pre-paid subscribers who use carrier billing to purchase from Google Play, with those who do not.

The report findings show that contrary to popular belief:

  1. adding Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) to an app store does not cannibalize end user spending on mobile data, voice and SMS services
  2. pre-paid subscribers that pay using their mobile phone bill in Google Play do not have a fixed wallet size. They maintain the same level of spending on data, voice and SMS services and spend additional money on app store content

Download the report to view the analysis, findings and conclusions. Continue reading

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Bango Acquires BilltoMobile to Accelerate Carrier Billing in U.S. Market

Mobile payments leader now processing payments across all four major U.S. operators

Bango, the number one provider of app store carrier billing (Progressive Equity Research, 2015), today announced it has acquired the BilltoMobile carrier billing service and associated contracts from Danal Inc. The acquisition positions Bango as the leader in carrier billing in the U.S. market and consolidates its position as the world’s leading provider of carrier billing for app stores.

As a result of the acquisition, Bango is now the only processor of carrier billing transactions across all four major U.S. mobile network operators (MNOs), representing more than 300 million connected devices and handling US $80 million of transactions in 2015. The acquisition enables MNOs and other Bango partners—including Google, Microsoft and others—to use Bango technology for carrier billing in the U.S, achieving greater scale and higher revenues from carrier-billed payments in this high-value market. Continue reading

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Bango launches Direct Carrier Billing in India with Google Play and Idea Cellular

Google Idea IndiaBango launches Direct Carrier Billing in India with Google Play and Idea Cellular

  • First Google Play Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) in India through Bango Payment Platform
  • Launch with Idea Cellular India continues Bango’s success in major new territories
  • Follows first Google Play DCB activations in Africa and Latin America in 2015

Bango announces that it has implemented Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) for Google Play with Idea Cellular in India. This is the first time Android users in India have been able to charge purchases in the Google Play store to their phone bills. Idea’s over 175 million subscribers can now use DCB to pay for apps, games, music, movies and much more from the Google Play store, charging the cost to their phone bill in one-click.

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