Sprint, AT&T launch mobile payment services
Not to be outdone in the latest fad, AT&T also announced that it is teaming up with mobile payment providers Boku, Zong and BilltoMobile. These three have been in the mobile payment business for a while, and having a large carrier behind their back will surely boost the acceptance rate in the US. BilltoMobile has been working with Verizon since May. The companies utilize a specialized programming interface, created by AT&T, that allows them direct access to the carrier's billing system. This is something that Sprint has been reluctant to do with SMW, and provides it just as a checkout container for now.
The mobile payment services Boku, Zong, and BilltoMobile, already have a customer base, carriers and retailers working with them. They will now let AT&T subscribers make purchases just by entering their mobile number, and the amount will be charged directly against the AT&T cell phone account.
Well, it seems that finally mobile payment is getting some traction in the US. For a thorough overview of the existing and upcoming systems in the US and abroad, you can read our comprehensive article on the current state of mobile wallet affairs.
source: Sprint & FierceMobile