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Bango in Google Play carrier billing launch in Africa

By BFN News | 07:47 AM | Wednesday 02 September, 2015

Bango, the mobile payments company, and Telkom South Africa, have partnered to launch carrier billing in Google Play, a first for Africa. Telkom SA is using the Bango Payment Platform to provide the service to its Android customers, giving them access to a universal payment method to fully enjoy the app store experience. In Africa, Google's Android platform currently represents 89% of the smartphone market, according to IDC (2015). Telkom customers using Android smartphones and tablets can now purchase their favourite apps, games, music and other digital content using one-click carrier billing, charging the cost to their phone bill or deducting the charge from airtime, without the need for a credit card or to register personal details. This gives customers with limited or no access to other payment methods the ability to buy from the huge range of content in the Google Play store. Bango chief executive Ray Anderson said: "Bango has long understood that Africa is a key growth market for our frictionless payment technology. Launching the best payment experience, for the world's most popular app store and in Africa's largest market, is a proud milestone for Bango and our partner Telkom SA." Story provided by

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