Saudi Arabia gets one-touch carrier billing for Google Play with Boku

Boku has launched its carrier billing solution in the Google Play store.

This is the first of several carrier partnerships to bring the company's carrier billing technology to the Google Play store in new geographies.

As a result of the partnership, subscribers can use one-tap mobile payments to purchase games, music, videos and apps in the Google Play store. The charges are completed using only the subscriber’s phone number and appear on the subscriber’s mobile phone bill or are deducted from the subscriber’s prepaid balance, with no additional personal information or credit card required.

The integration effectively allows customers to complete a one tap purchase in the Google Play store, using their mobile phone as their preferred payment method as opposed to a credit card.

Being able to use a mobile phone number as a payment method is particularly important to those potential customers who do not have a credit card or bank account. Using Boku, these customers can make purchases on Google Play for the first time, as their mobile phone bill or prepaid account effectively removes the need for a credit card.

The first carrier Play partnering with Boku is Zain KSA, one of the largest carriers in the Middle East and Africa, covering more than 44 million active customers. At the outset, carrier billing will be offered to Zain subscribers in Saudi Arabia. More markets will be rolled out in the coming months.

The partnership also involves MT2, the largest technical billing platform in the Middle East, which powers the billing infrastructure for Zain KSA. The benefit of carrier billing is particularly important in Saudi Arabia, where only 17% of consumers have a credit card and only 46% have any kind of bank account, according to the World Bank. 

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