Telefonica roll out mobile billing - great news for Windows Phone users

It seems that Telefonica (the Spanish telecoms provider) are going into mobile billing in a big way. They have now set up agreements with Facebook, RIM, Google and Microsoft to enable Direct-To-Bill payments. I am pretty confident that not everyone has a credit card so the ability to buy apps and have the cost added to your mobile bill each month will be welcomed by many.

Telefonica have already started rolling out the service and hope to have it up and running in 14 of their operating countries by the end of this year. 

"Mobile payments are an important part of the business model for mobile web developers, but today the options are too complicated for users," said Dan Rose, vice-president of Partnerships at Facebook."We're excited to be working with Telefónica to implement a streamlined operator billing solution that simplifies the purchase process for their consumers and expands pricing options for mobile web developers.”

Where this will come in handy for many Windows Phone users is with the billing agreement Telefonica have agreed with Microsoft. Direct-To-Bill will become the default payment option for customers purchasing from the Windows Marketplace.

Good news I reckon.

Source: SiliconRepublic

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  • English dude, English!!!!
  • Por que
  • How about you just learn Spanish?
  • Ignorance dude, ignorance! It can be disheartening at times to see how arrogant/racist people can be.
  • Do you go to non-English blogs and comment there in English? I know I don't, I think that's impolite - so how is the reverse arrogant?
  • I don't frequent non-English blogs often, but it's still ridiculous to expect someone to speak your language just for your convenience on the WORLD-WIDE web. This is article dealing with a Spanish telecoms provider, so I see no problem with someone speaking Spanish in response to the article, especially considering it may be something that affects them. As you may have guessed from reading the comments on this site in the past, it's got readers from all over the world, and it's probably got a lot to do with the fact that the website covers WP news from several different countries. Just because it's a primarily English blog doesn't mean someone should have to speak English all the time. For those who don't understand the language being spoken, they can simply skim over the comment and read the multitude of other English comments.
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