Kinguin starts carrier billing with Fortumo, Orange

Wednesday 14 June 2017 | 17:19 CET | News

The digital games marketplace Kinguin, mobile operator Orange Poland and the mobile payments company Fortumo announced the launch of Hosted DCB (HDCB) in Poland. Kinguin can now collect payments from its users using carrier billing, including dynamic pricing, 2-step charging and automated refunds.

HDCB is a payment product by Fortumo providing merchants with a turnkey solution to collect payments from their users. In the back-end, HDCB is directly connected with mobile operator APIs used by digital merchants such as Google and Spotify. This gives merchants payments capability on par with credit cards in terms of flexibility and technology: for example the capability to predefine any amount for charging.

As a result, merchants can launch direct carrier billing for their customers without needing to negotiate a launch with every carrier separately, develop and maintain checkout flows or manage end-user support.

The launch will also include a joint marketing campaign by Kinguin and Orange to promote Hosted DCB as a payment method to gamers. Only 17 percent of people in Poland have a credit card, while carrier billing is available to any mobile phone owner. The user only needs to enter their phone number and confirm the payment on their phone. Personal data is not transmitted during the checkout process, protecting consumers from online identity fraud.

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