Customers can now securely and conveniently purchase apps on BlackBerry
World and charge it directly to their mobile Telkom Mobile bill or airtime
Pretoria, South Africa – Telkom Mobile, the mobile division of telecommunications
company Telkom (JSE: TKG), and BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX:BB) today
announced an integrated carrier billing service for BlackBerry® smartphone
customers in South Africa.
The service is made possible through Telkom Mobile’s newly developed Event
Billing service and will enable Telkom Mobile customers to purchase applications
on the BlackBerry® World™ storefront and charge it directly to their mobile
phone bill or airtime. Customers can also make in-app purchases, such as
additional content or new levels for a gaming app, without interruption
to the app experience.
To make secure purchases and payments on BlackBerry World, customers will
be required to enter their BlackBerry® ID username and password. BlackBerry
ID provides customers with a secure and device-independent user identification
to access apps and services on BlackBerry World.
The carrier billing purchase experience includes a double opt-in process
to ensure that customers are aware that they are purchasing an app or a
game and not surprised when their account is billed for the purchase. Details
of each transaction will be itemised on customers’ invoices. Customers
can also call Telkom Mobile Customer Care to further validate purchases.
“We are thrilled to introduce Carrier Billing with BlackBerry as our first
partner,” said Vishal Phlad, Executive Technical Product Development at
Telkom Mobile. “By providing a facility for BlackBerry smartphone users
to pay for apps and content using their airtime, or by adding purchases
to their account, we make it more convenient for them to transact.”
Yudi Moodley, Managing Director for Africa at BlackBerry said, “We are
delighted to expand our relationship with Telkom Mobile with the launch
of integrated billing. Telkom Mobile’s integrated carrier billing for BlackBerry
smartphones will make it easier than ever for South African customers to
get apps and games on BlackBerry World. It is a simple, secure and convenient
way for our customers to get the most from their BlackBerry smartphones.”