Mozilla's Firefox Marketplace teams with Bango for operator billing
Mozilla is partnering with mobile payments and analytics firm Bango to offer operator billing options to Firefox Marketplace consumers.
Firefox Marketplace offers applications and games optimized for Mozilla's HTML5-based Firefox OS. The Bango Payments Platform enables consumers to purchase digital content from Firefox Marketplace without inputting credit or debit card information, instead billing transactions directly to their wireless carrier account in a single click. Operator billing also expands developer monetization options in emerging markets where credit card penetration is low.
Last month Mozilla kicked off regional rollouts of the Alcatel One Touch and ZTE Open, the first commercially released smartphones running Firefox OS. Bango is teaming with Telefónica to offer Firefox Marketplace carrier billing support in Spain and Colombia, also working with Deutsche Telekom in the Poland market. Bango said that additional markets will be announced in the coming weeks.
Firefox OS (formerly Boot to Gecko) promises a new phone architecture that relies entirely on the Web to enable HTML5 applications with complete access to core device APIs. According to Mozilla, developers can create Firefox OS apps from existing websites by adding an app manifest--a JSON file that describes the app, including its name, its icons and a human-readable description. In addition to core services like voice calling, text messaging, email, Web browsing and a camera, Firefox OS includes built-in social features like Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter integration, alongside Nokia (NYSE:NOK) Here maps.
In addition to Telefónica and Deutsche Telekom, Sprint (NYSE:S), Etisalat, Smart, Telecom Italia and Telenor have announced their support for the Mozilla platform. Firefox Marketplace app partners include AccuWeather, Box, Airbnb, Wikipedia and SoundCloud.
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