Announcement: Google Play launches first carrier billing in Africa as Telkom SA deploys Bango Payment Platform

Combination of huge Android growth and the #1 carrier billing platform opens-up app store experience to all Telkom SA customers

Bango, 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.

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To break into the mainstream sometimes it’s best to go underground

Amazon Underground, the new app for Android smartphones, offers a selection of apps, games and in-app content, all for free. It is designed to break Amazon into the mainstream on Android smartphones by increasing store distribution and customer acquisition. Consequently it means even greater choice on the Android platform.

Major app stores like Google Play dominate the mobile ecosystem. Google regulations state that all digital media and apps should use the store payment system to bill for digital goods using credit cards or carrier billing. With Android accounting for 78% of all smartphones shipped worldwide in Q1 2015 (IDC), Continue reading

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Joining the Cameron entourage on a sales mission to SE Asia

Bango joined UK Prime Minister David Cameron on his recent trade mission to Asia. The government led mission was to highlight the UK’s fast-expanding financial technology sector, notable for its emphasis on SME’s and regional businesses, reflecting the Government’s emphasis on accelerating export growth and positioning the UK as a global leader. Here Bango CEO, Ray Anderson, gives an inside view on the trip.

I initially ignored a voicemail from “Number 10” as a prank call, but when they called a second time I realized that the opportunity to join a select bunch of CEO’s on a technology trade mission to Asia was real. The trip was deliberately revealed only 10 days ahead of departure and timings kept under wraps, this improved security for the Prime Minister and other secretaries of state going with us. However it was revealed that we would visit five cities in four days, departing Stansted on Sunday evening and landing at Heathrow early on Friday.

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Bango CEO Joins PM’s Asia Trade Mission to Launch Mobile Payment Partnerships in the Region

  • UK technology company’s payments platform selected by Asian operators to capitalize on the fast growing app economy
  • Bango among financial technology companies travelling to Asia with UK Prime Minister David Cameron

Bango announced today that in the first half of 2015 it has completed seven mobile payment agreements with Mobile Network Operators across Asia. This includes launching carrier billing routes for Indosat and XL in Indonesia, and Taiwan Star in Taiwan. Continue reading

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Google I/O 2015 – Google back in the frame for driving point of sale payments forward

The mobile payment industry had another solid boost at Google I/O 2015 in San Francisco. Their keynote was completely dominated by mobile and quickly introduced Android Pay, which launches as part of the new Android M in Q3 2015.

Android Pay addresses mobile credit and debit card payments using Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in stores, and online from partner apps, for physical goods and services. It provides a compelling Google alternative to Apple Pay. Leading US mobile operators are working closely with Google to pre-configure subscribers mobile phones in stores. This follows Google’s deal to adopt Softcard, the operator-backed mobile wallet initiative, to help expand the reach of Google’s mobile payments system. Google announced availability in 7000+ retail stores across the US.

Google also announced a new Hands-free Payments trial with McDonald’s and Papa John’s Pizza in the San Francisco Bay Area. This new Android app uses Bluetooth technology to automatically authorize Android Pay payments in store, without the need to even touch your phone, simply by providing your name to the cashier. Hands-free Payment leverages true mobile capabilities rather than simply trying to replace widely adopted cards with a smartphone and NFC terminals. It aligns well with the Bango mission to leverage state of the art mobile technology to dramatically simplify payments and also with more recent industry views, including those by Amazon. The Google Hands-free Payment trial follows similar initiatives launched by Square in 2011 and by PayPal in 2013. Mass uptake of Google smartphones should ensure third time lucky.

For many, Google’s payments plans beyond carrier billing seemed, for a couple of years at least, to have gone dormant. With this announcement they are strongly back in the frame for driving point of sale payments forwards. Meanwhile, Google is taking full advantage of Direct Carrier Billing with over 60 mobile operators now live, and more being added each month. A growing number of these mobile operators choose to standardize on the Bango Payment Platform for Google Play and other app stores, ensuring a unified solution with the fastest time to market, the lowest integration and operational costs and maximum profitability.

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Announcement: Final Results

Bango today announces its Final Results for the year ended 31 December 2014.

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2014 Annual Report and Notice of AGM

Click here to download the Bango Annual Report 2014, click here for the Notice of Annual General Meeting and here for the associated form of proxy.

Click here to order a printed copy of the Bango 2014 Annual Report.

The Bango AGM will be held at 2pm on Wednesday, 27 May 2015 at the offices of Bango, 5 Westbrook Centre, Cambridge, CB4 1YG.

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Forbes: How Bango reflects “the shift to a new economy”

In an interesting Forbes article, published this month, Bango is called-out as a pioneer of a new type of economy.

The Forbes article interviews the journalist and author Haydn Shaughnessy, who recently published “Shift: A User’s Guide to the New Economy”. In the interview in Forbes, Shaughnessy comments: Continue reading

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Bango and Indosat launch carrier billing in Google Play

Bango is pleased to announce that Indosat, the leading Indonesian Mobile Network Operator, has used the Bango Payments Platform to launch one-click payment for Google Play customers.

This activation enables Google Play customers on the Indosat network to purchase games, music, apps and other digital content, without the use of premium SMS messages or the limitations of credit cards. Instead, users enjoy frictionless direct carrier billing, charging the cost to their phone bill, without the need to register personal details. Continue reading

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Announcement: Payments launched with Telkom South Africa for Samsung Galaxy Apps

Bango is pleased to announce that it has launched Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) for Samsung Galaxy Apps with Telkom South Africa. This is the first Samsung DCB launch in the continent of Africa.

Telkom and Samsung have partnered with mobile payment leader Bango in order to launch the service. The service is made possible through Telkom’s Event Billing service and will enable Telkom customers to purchase Samsung applications from the GALAXY Apps store and charge it directly to their mobile phone bill or airtime, using their Samsung devices. Customers can also make in-app purchases, such as additional content or new levels for a gaming app, without interruption to the app experience. This “frictionless” payment experience is emerging as the preferred model for payment in app stores, enabling more consumers to access paid content, without the need for credit/debit cards or to register personal details. Continue reading

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