Update on AIME Quarterly General Meeting & Charge to Mobile Working Group

Members of txtNation’s support, compliance and business development teams attended the AIME Quarterly General Meeting & Charge to Mobile Working Group on 8th February in the City of London.

It was kickstarted by Rory Maguire, AIME Managing Director who gave details on Edward Boddington stepping down as AIME Chair after 7 years and welcomed Neil Johnson as a new board member. Next, there were various updates about AIME membership, performance, activities and future plans.

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As per our recent blog on our new Charge to Mobile (aka Charge to Bill), the UK’s Direct Operator Billing, now clients can sign up to Charge to Mobile from their MytxtNation accounts, create multiple campaigns, try them out in “sandbox” mode, and view rich statistics. Platform tools also allow us to customise and monitor Charge to Mobile in optimal new ways.

We have been hard at work to make sure this is the leading Charge to Mobile product offering on the market with the best user experience and rich analytics.

 

Client Feature Highlights:

๏ New and existing clients can create Charge to Mobile campaigns in My in a few minutes at any time of day or night.

๏ Create a testable “sandbox” campaign instantly, to integrate and play with key Charge to Mobile features.

๏ Sandbox campaigns only require a few key settings to get started and the client only has to complete all the settings when they are ready to go live.

 

Further Features:

๏ HLR on or off (choose network select option)

๏ Adult on of off

๏ Track affiliate marketing

๏ Subscription management e.g. Offer a free trial

๏ Multiple redirects for each user billing event

๏ Logo or image upload to Payforit Window

๏ Fast shopid approval process

๏ Advanced Billing charts

๏ Advanced Stats charts

๏ Drill down detail per user

๏ Detailed reporting

๏ Recurring reporting

 

Example Screenshots below:

Logo example (note image of phone as example logo, image):

Payforit

 

Screenshots of your settings and analytics in MytxtNation:

pfi_campaigns

 

Payforit Actvity

 

pfi_subscriptions

 

pfi_charges

 

pfi_tools

 

pfi_assets

 

Mobile WiFi Connections

OTP and SMS VERIFICATION

When a user is browsing over a WiFi connection, they are presented with an SMS verification flow. The user simply enters their mobile number and hits ‘Buy Now’, or ‘Subscribe’. They then receive an SMS which contains both a 4 digit OTP (One time Password) and, or a Web Link.

The user can either enter the 4 digit PIN into the payment page or click the SMS link to complete their transaction.

You can switch off the requirement for users to choose network select in your settings.

Payforit Screenshot

 

 

txtNation are a API and intermediary for Payforit.

Payforit

 

Charge to Mobile (aka Charge to Bill) is the UK’s Direct Operator Billing and we have been working hard on a new and improved version. Payforit is the mobile payment scheme, currently on version 5.

Our previous Charge to Mobile services were a hybrid of direct connections and 3rd party front end using Payforit. The new one, is our own, from the ground up showing our own front end utilising our direct connections.

Soon clients will be able to sign up to Charge to Mobile from their My,txtNation accounts, create multiple campaigns, try them out in “sandbox” mode, and view rich statistics. Platform tools also allow us to customise and monitor Charge to Mobile in optimal new ways.

Sneak Peak Screenshots:

Payforit

More crucially, given how changeable our industry is (particularly with Payforit), we have left huge scope for future changes and improvements by using a flexible architecture that will accommodate many of the demands we anticipate in the months and years ahead. For example its a possible with the new payment flows being released, that deeper integration will be possible for Charge to Mobile, meaning less of the Payforit brand and flow and more customisations into the merchants website.

We can turn off or turn on particular flows and operators for clients, a marketers dream!

Indeed, it has been a significant challenge for us to design and implement a series of solutions that meet the needs of the business not only today but tomorrow.

txtNation has worked really hard and smart on this substantial and complicated platform, which is sure to pivot us in a wonderful new direction: to a world in which clients can sign up and use our services more quickly and where our platform can evolve intelligently to give us the edge over our competitors, as well as opening up further opportunities to provide value-added services.

Our work is not over though, and in getting your feedback we stand the best possible chance of finding any remaining issues we can address before a public Beta launch in September. A number of you will be invited to exclusive demos and we’ll link the rest of you to test versions of our new software in due course.

In the mean time, find some screenshots and features below:
Payforit

 

Charge to Mobile

 

 

Client Feature Highlights:

๏ New and existing clients can create Charge to Mobile campaigns in My in a few minutes at any time of day or night.

๏ Create a testable “sandbox” campaign instantly, to integrate and play with key Charge to Mobile features.

๏ Sandbox campaigns only require a few key settings to get started and the client only has to complete all the settings when they are ready to go live.

Charge to Mobile

 

This is a significant project, and perhaps the largest scale project we’ve ever undertaken, combining many separate systems that work in tandem. Each system is responsible for just a few key functions, tailored to specific business goals. This greatly improves the transparency, scalability, maintainability and flexibility of the platform.

In future, development on new billing products could be accelerated by using Charge to Mobile APIs to queue, query and charge. In this way, our forthcoming release of Charge to Mobile is not only a highly advanced version of Direct Operator Billing, but a signal of our future direction.

Your feedback is essential as we work towards an initial public Beta release in September, which will involve a real-world “stability phase” as we transition existing clients to Charge to Mobile before a wider general release.

 

txtNation are a API and intermediary for Payforit.

Payforit

Working with the best Mobile Billing flow is often key for Billing success. It may be worth to use PIN with Link on verification for opt ins.

The process is more robust and secure than Keyword verification.

  • Using your web form you will get a PIN and LINK
  • Users click on the link to complete the process (or enter the PIN)
  • The PIN or LINK will not work if on a different device.

 

Desktop

For Desktop user inputting MSISDN and subsequently PIN, independently.

 

Mobile

For Mobile send out an embedded link (instead of PIN).

 

Contact us for more information and pricing.

 

 

 

Elisa Mobile Internet Billing Service enables service providers to resolve the end users MSISDN number for charging purposes and to send billing requests to Elisa.

With the Elisa Mobile Internet Billing, companies can charge end users through operator billing when the service is provided via a mobile data or broadband connection (IP connection).

 

elisa_logo

Elisa and Saunalahati control over 30% of the Finnish mobile market.

The process for obtaining an MSISDN through Elisa and Saunalahti is made up of three main actions:

 

View the Elisa API for Direct Billing.

View MSISDN Forwarding Header Enrichment API.

To get setup for MSISDN Enrichment for Single Click on Sonera the following must be enabled:

soneralogo

 

1 HTTP header enrichment (MSISDN forwarding)

The service provider needs to provide the DNS name where the Service is situated. For example: m.yourdomain.com. Sonera adds the MSISDN to the header first in the header row.

2. IP Configurations

Sonera’s header enriched traffic is coming from the following IP-address range: [188.238.0.0/16 ] and [109.240.0.0/16]. Please add to your firewall.

3. Testing the HTTP header enrichment (MSISDN forwarding).

After txtNation has informed Sonera about service domain(s) and Sonera has informed txtNation that it is ok to test the service can be tested. If the header is shown ‘HTTP header enrichment test is concluded and can now be setup with Mobile Billing for end user charging.

API: http://wiki.txtnation.com/wiki/MSISDN_Forwarding_Finland

Read more on Finland Billing Flows.

 

 

Following on from an earlier blog on OBS in South Africa aka. Direct Billing more information can be found below on this lucrative market.

Before launching a service requires approval from WASPA. This can take up to 2 weeks.

Service Types

  • All services allowed.
  • If adult must be glamour.
  • If doing Quiz an element of Skill and, or if subscriptions mix with other services.
  • The is no Age verification required.

 

Subscription flow on Mobile Web (WAP):

1. Landing page

2. User selects what they want

3. Payment page

4. Confirmation page

5. Subscription starts

Users on mobile web using (non WIFI) 3G will be recognised using header enrichment.

 

Subscription flow WIFI:

1. Landing page

2. User selects what they want

3. MSISDN entered

4. User receives an SMS with link:  Vodacom: Confirm with SMS.  CellC, MTN: open link and click confirm

5. Confirmation page

6. Subscription starts

 

Billing Page i.e. Network Hosted Page – all Operators Framework:

WIFI3G

1. Header: Service provider  Price per day/week

2. Preview of the service (logo etc.)

3. Button (for example “Click here to start”)

4. Footer: Information about the subscription, General conditions, Privacy information, Helpdesk, Compatibility, Unsubscription info

 

 

Network Hosted Payment Pages

Direct Billing South Africa txtNation

 

General Caveats

  • The maximum price point used to be R200 per month.
  • There is no longer this price restriction in South Africa.
  • For Cell C retry is allowed 4 times a day without extra costs.
  • For MTN retry is allowed 4 times a day as well, but the costs are R0,05 per try. Therefore, not recommended to use retry options for MTN. When a user is not chargeable for 30 days in a row, the user will be unsubscribed from the service.

 

Read more on South Africa Billing and how you can use ‘Silent Billing’:

http://www.txtnation.com/mobile-billing/obs-southafrica

Read more on the markets we support header enrichment to enable single-click or optimised mobile web billing:

http://www.txtnation.com/mobile-billing/msisdn-forwarding

To get set up for the best mobile billing flow for South Africa, contact us today.

 *With approval.

Michael Whelan discuss the current state of mobile billing service in the European market.

Mobile billing services is a concept that is still trying to gain a foothold in the online gambling industry, but there are markets that have started to accept mobile payments as a better alternative to the traditional credit card billing.

They’re becoming more comfortable with it, especially in the Nordic countries where we do a lot of business. In the UK, it’s catching on as well,” Whelan told CalvinAyre.com.

Mobile Billing

txtNation, Whelan said, is connected to at least 40 operators worldwide for billing and provides single-click payments in around eight to 10 of the markets, including Switzerland.

View the video from CalvinAyre.com.

As part of txtNation’s sponsorship and presence at Telemedia Prague earlier this week. CEO Michael Whelan was presenting various billing flows and options, being on hand to discuss the range of billing options txtNation has with direct operator connections.

View the slides from txtNation’s presentation on billing flows.

Presentation Prague from CEO txtNation

Since our launch of ‘Single-Click’ in Ireland we have had many services go on to request more URL’s for white listing, such is the demand for this market.

We are happy to share a recent example of a service using Header Enrichment in Ireland from our API.

Example (Screenshot from mobile phone):

Ireland WAP Billing

Don’t forget you can charge up to 10 euro on this superb billing service!

Read more on setting up this flow for header enrichment in Ireland on our FAQ.