M-Payment has flexible options and interfaces to power real-time purchases in a range of online and physical world situations:
- Vending Machine - Send $2.00 credit to a vending machine to pay for a purchase. The credit appears on the machine a few seconds after texting and the required item can be selected.
- Website - Pay for a downloadable item by sending an SMS to a given short code. The website can check that the payment is OK and allow the download to commence.
- Point of sale (POS) terminal - Mobile payment can be checked and authorised. The POS system can link to MSP by API over the Internet, or a confirmation code or Mcode can be sent to the purchaser’s mobile phone.
- No need for coins or notes
- Anyone can use the service via simple SMS commands
- Mobile apps can perform payments via Internet or SMS
- No need to pre-register
- Electronic receipts
- Operates in parallel with other forms of payment
- Cost saving through less cash handling
- Increased revenue via extra payment channel
- Hosted solution with web access to customer service and administration functions
- Turnkey solution capable of integration to central and mobile systems
How it Works
Mobile Payment at Vending Machine Using SMS
Vendco has a network of snack vending machines. Each machine has an ID such as VEND267 and a sign on the machine gives users the simple instructions to pay by sending an SMS to short code 72697. No pre-registration is needed to use the service.
Mobile Payment for a Download
Mobile payment can be added to existing online e-commerce operations. Mobile payment makes goods and services available to a wider audience and carrier billing is very popular in countries where credit cards are not widely used.
Mobile Payment at a Checkout
Mobill extends mobile payment to real world shops and businesses. The customer pays via their cell phone and the retailer can validate the payment via a code, a machine-readable coupon or a direct link between MCP and point of sale system.
The SMS Drink service enables customers to buy a drink in a cafÈ or bar. Text names or prefixes are included on the menu, and the customer simply sends the prefix to a given short code, e.g. 72697.
|Example of ordering a Boston Beer, where the code boston is indicated on the menu.||Customer gets a receipt by SMS, including the code to quote at the till to redeem the purchase.||The full receipt attached to the message.|
Mobill has developed a range of webAPIs (web Application Programming Interface) which provide a secure link over the Internet between MSP and the point of sale system or vending machine. Price can be linked to the text prefix, set by the customer or calculated by the point of sale system. MSP is easily configured to process the payment as required, and setting up the webAPI link to the point of sale system is straightforward.
Mobile Carrier Billing
Initial payment is from the customer to the mobile carrier. The system is typically configured so that the mobile carrier pays the client directly. Mobill then invoices for managed service charges or turnkey solution support.
Other Billing Method
MSP can be programmed to use other billing methods, such as credit card. The customer must first register the necessary details and mobile phone number. At step 4 in the above example, MSP communicates with the Credit Card Merchant to perform the billing transaction.