This week, Bango announced the release of the Bango Credit Card Payment, a new mobile payment product that will allow content providers to charge for applications anywhere in the world. This provides a low-cost alternative payment solution for businesses that are looking to sell their wares on mobile handsets. For $9.99 a month businesses can integrate the Bango Credit Card Payment into their Web sites, and will have a solution to bill mobile customers.
This is good news for those looking for an alternative to PayPal, and also good news for those who don’t necessarily want to rely on an app-based system. Furthermore, Bango Credit Card Payment offers single click checkout after the first purchase. The company, which also has a long history with mobile billing (at least in terms of the world of mobile), could be one that paves a future where you can keep the plastic at home and use your mobile for your purchases.
T-Mobile Offers Mobile Makeovers.
Are you curious about how your mobile plan compares to others? Well, there might be a new opportunity that will you compare the rates with other carriers. Think of this as something on the lines of those Progressive Insurance commercials, and hopefully a little less annoying. This time around it will be T-Mobile that will tell you whether you can actually “get more,” or as the new slogan says, “the coverage you need at the price you want.”
The ad campaign at least might be better. Catherine Zeta-Jones, who didn’t return to Ocean’s 13 (not that anyone should have returned for Ocean’s 13), is back as the spokesperson for the company. As part of this new campaign T-Mobile is offering mobile phone customers the chance to compare their wireless provider plans against other national carriers.
To take part, customers can go to a T-Mobile location, or visit the T-Mobile Mobile Makeover Web site. And lest you think this is simply a ploy, the actual comparisons are being conducted by BillShrink, an independent third-party service provider that has long provided savings recommendations for credit cards and even gasoline.
Yahoo Ditches Smartphone App
Is it a smart move or not? According to TechCruch, Yahoo has abandoned development of its mobile app for the BlackBerry and other smartphones. Users who were testing the app, which is still in beta, were notified that “Yahoo! has decided to cease development.”
Yahoo! is instead going to concentrate its efforts on its iPhone app, and this was confirmed by a Yahoo! spokesperson to TechCrunch. Users of other handsets won’t be entirely left out, the company is going to look to standardize the Yahoo! site for mobile browsers. But clearly, if you want the full Yahoo! experience, there’s an app for that, and yes, it is only on the iPhone.