Monday, 27 August 2012 10:03

Optus puts Facebook credits, BlackBerry apps on the phone bill Featured

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Optus has announced arrangements that will allow its subscribers to charge BlackBerry App World and Facebook credits purchases to their mobile phone accounts.

New billing arrangements may discourage parents from letting their younger kids play games on Mum or Dad's BlackBerry.

A new deal between Optus and RIM means that not only can BlackBerry App World purchases be charged directly to the Optus account associated with the device, but the same goes for in-app purchases.

This might "help ensure their experiences are not interrupted" as Optus officials put it, but it also increases the risk of accidental purchases, or purchases being made without the account holder's permission.

“A similar arrangement with Boku allows the purchase of Facebook credits, though that process involves confirmation of the transaction via SMS.

On the positive side, it does eliminate the need to provide the vendor's site with credit or debit card details.

The partnerships announced today take us another step closer to the seamless connected world we're aiming to offer Optus customers," said Austin Bryan, VP of digital communities and ecosystems at SingTel and Optus.

"We're committed to providing customers with a simpler, safer and easier user experience when it comes to making payments online."

The new arrangements apply to prepaid and postpaid accounts, and Optus officials said they would be extended to platforms other than BlackBerry App World and Facebook.


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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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