Research in Motion’s upcoming BlackBerry 10 mobile platform will be launched early next year on over 50 carriers worldwide, while supporting integrated carrier billing, said the Canadian company last Wednesday in an official press release.
While the “50 carriers” announcement may sound like breaking news, it’s actually more of a confirmation for RIM Chief Executive Thorsten Heins’ earlier announcement that at least 50 carriers were, at that time, testing BlackBerry 10 out ahead of its release. The big news, really, is regarding the BlackBerry Payment Service, which would allow BlackBerry device users to pay for applications or special add-ons for games via the App World without having to add credit card information to their BlackBerry ID.
Instead of users being charged on their credit card, their app or add-on purchases would simply be billed to their monthly statement. This would also save users from the agony of encountering numerous pop-up ads when making the above purchases and more.
The new integrated billing system is based on the Bango payment platform; this UK-based platform is also used on Amazon, Facebook, Google Play and other leading online stores and websites. In a statement, Bango CEO Ray Anderson described the company’s relationship with RIM as one that is “going from strength to strength”.
He also emphasized the convenience of his company’s payment system, as smartphone users eventually become more reliant on “the ability to charge the costs of digital goods to their carrier bill.”