At the Mobile World Congress in February this year, social networking giant Facebook announced a new solution to help solve reported issues with mobile payments. Facebook previously said that it is working with operators around the world to minimize the number of steps needed to complete a transaction in mobile web apps, which will make it easier for hundreds of millions of people worldwide to purchase apps on their device via operator billing. Today, Facebook is rolling out an improved mobile payments flow for mobile web apps. Via its blog, Facebook explained that its new “low friction” two-step carrier billing is now available in major carriers in the U.S. and U.K.
The company also mentioned that it will roll out the solution to more operators around the world. The two-step payment flow, as you can see above in the picture, will only require users to open the payment dialog to confirm the payment for any services or digital goods. Essentially, the two steps are: Offer/ Pricing and Confirmation. Facebook’s improved 2-step direct carrier billing is currently supported by the following carriers: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, O2, Orange, Vodaphone and Three. So far, no word of Verizon supporting the solution has been heard. You can check out more details of Facebook’s two-step mobile payments for developers here.
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