Developer platform BlueVia opens API for payment

App content now chargeable with mobile phone bill via Telefónica's interface MUNICH. Telefónica's BlueVia platform has provided its software developers with another important function: payments for smartphone apps and PC application content can now be made via a new interface. It can be used to pay for digital magazine issues or virtual goods for mobile phone games, for example.
These "in-app payments" are debited automatically via the user's mobile phone bill. The payment API (application programming interface) is available with immediate effect in Germany and other European countries. As a result, BlueVia application developers can integrate additional products subject to charge. Such sales in apps are an especially attractive income source for software providers. The US marketing research company Distimo discovered, for example, that in-app payments generated 72 percent of the income in Apple's App Store - although they were only available for four percent of the software.
The new API is another step by BlueVia to support its developers in the monetisation their apps. The Telefónica platform cooperates with BOKU, one of the world's leading service providers for mobile payments, in handling transactions. "In-app payments are not just a hot topic, but also an important part of our financial services strategy. Many studies have shown that they greatly increase the income of app developers," explained Michiel van Eldik, Managing Director Wholesale and Partner Management of Telefónica Germany. "Handling the payment process via the mobile phone bill is the easiest way and BlueVia is the first provider to supply also smaller companies and individual developers with this service in such an uncomplicated way." Thanks to BlueVia, software developers can create smartphone apps, web services and desktop applications and will soon be able to offer them to a big part of the 290 million Telefónica customers worldwide. In doing so developers can not only use mobile network functions like SMS, MMS and payment processes, which in the past they were prevented from doing, but will also get a share of the income from these functions.
When it comes to the new in-app payments, almost 80 percent of turnover will go to the content providers and software developers. As a result, they will achieve additional continuing income even after the sale of their app. It does not require contracts with a long duration or high minimum turnover. All they have to do is register as a developer at http://bluevia.com/ and submit their software for examination and release. Bernhard Walter, Marketing Manager at BlueVia, will present the global API program in his keynote address at the MobileTech Conference 2011 being held from 13 September in Mainz. For more information about this see mobiletechcon.de/2011/keynotes/.
Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG and its brands O2 and Alice belong to Telefónica Europe and are part of the Spanish telecommunication group Telefónica S.A. The Company offers its German private and business customers postpaid and prepaid mobile telecom products as well as innovative mobile data services based on the GPRS and UMTS technologies. In addition, the integrated communications provider also offers DSL fixed network telephony and high-speed internet. According to a network test by "connect" magazine (edition 12/10), the O2 network is top of the list when it comes to reliable file downloads and champion in the telephony category. In the overall result the company is on second position. Telefónica Europe has more than 57 million mobile and fixed network customers in Great Britain, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany.