LONDON: Three Ireland Limited has partnered with mobile commerce enabler DOCOMO Digital to provide an additional payment method for the mobile network’s 2 million customers.
The partnership enables carrier billing as a payment option when purchasing content through the Windows Phone Store. This integration allows Three’s customers to pay for games, videos, music and apps via their phone bill, rather than the cost being taken off of a credit or debit card.
DOCOMO Digital has a long standing relationship with Three Ireland’s holding company, CK Hutchison Holdings, following similar integrations between mobile content stores and network operators owned by CK Hutchison Holdings in multiple international markets.
Hiroyuki Sato, Founder and CEO of DOCOMO Digital, says:
“Expanding our partnership with CK Hutchison Holdings to help increase its mobile commerce capabilities in Ireland is very exciting for us. We’ve a proven track record at successfully integrating the Three mobile network with both the Windows Phone Store and Google Play Store in multiple international markets so we’re delighted to be working with them again in Ireland.”
Elaine Carey, Chief Commercial Officer at Three Ireland, says:
“Paying for digital products and services in the safest and most convenient way is very important to our customers, so we are pleased to further extend our Direct Carrier Billing services. As DOCOMO Digital has successfully operated and managed similar services across our international network, they were the natural choice to achieve this for us.”
The news comes a month after the global launch announcement of NTT DOCOMO’s advanced mobile ecosystem, DOCOMO Digital, which aims to encourage financial inclusion for consumers, corporations and governments worldwide. The company supports stakeholders by building and operating digital media platforms, mobile payment services, such as direct carrier billing, as well as offering technical support, mobile commerce consultancy and financial services.