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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Facebook plans mobile operator billing for web apps

Facebook says it’s currently working with AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica, T-Mobile USA, Verizon, Vodafone, KDDI and Softbank to introduce operator billing. This would enable Facebook users to buy digital goods via a mobile web application and pay by charging the purchase to their mobile phone account.

The social network has also said it’ll soon offer Open Graph connections to Android apps; an option that’s already available to iOS and mobile web apps. This lets customers share information on Facebook from within a mobile app.

[Facebook developer blog]

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3/1/2012 7:45 AM

Now that Facebook has partnered with the mobile carriers, we can safely conclude that the social network is moving toward a closed-loop payments platform. At present direct billing payments, in which purchases of Facebook Credits ( are charged on the user's cell phone bill, are facilitated by companies like BOKU and Zong, but in the future there will simply be no room for such outsiders. There is too much money at stake and Facebook is, understandably, not interested in sharing. But the social network should expect a bumpy ride ahead, as the payment fees it charges developers are rather exorbitant. At 30 percent of the transaction amount, these fees are very likely to attract regulatory attention soon rather than later and may at some point or other lead to a backlash from developers.

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3/21/2012 9:09 AM

hmm this is gonna be awesome and the information provided is great.

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