On Wednesday, representatives for payvia, a leading direct carrier billing mobile payments and messaging provider, reached out to MMW to share news of the company’s next major move.
This morning, the firm announced a promising partnership that will integrate its mobile payments technology with Mobile-XL, whose feature phone browsing platform provides access to digital services such as Facebook, Twitter, email, news, sports and games for millions of people in Africa and India.
By adding payvia’s mobile checkout into services on the Mobile-XL browser, the partnership will let consumers purchase digital goods and service with two-click payments made from their pre-paid carrier airtime.
“This means that millions of feature phone users will have a fast and secure way to transact across services like social media, communications, news and games, without requiring a bank account or credit card,” payvia says.
“With over 800 million mobile subscribers in Africa alone, fewer than one-third of whom have access to traditional banking or credit card solutions, we believe that payvia’s technology will soon be the preferred way for both consumers and merchants to buy and sell digital goods throughout Africa,” explains Darcy Wedd, CEO of payvia. “Our partnership with Mobile-XL, whose emerging market expertise is unrivalled, is testament to our commitment to provide consumers with greater mobile access to the digital goods and services people want.”