Simple and secure: instantly pay with a smartphone

MUNICH. Telefónica O2 Germany, Telekom Deutschland and Vodafone have added another function to the mobile payment system mpass: they have optimised mpass especially for mobile shopping solutions, thus making it incredibly easy to pay for purchases on the mobile Internet via a smartphone. mpass can be used by all customers with a German bank account, regardless of which mobile service provider the customer uses.
As the supply of Internet-capable smartphones increases, mobile methods of payment also gain in significance. The new mpass feature is particularly suited for people who frequently go online via their smartphone. Anyone who wants to purchase various products online quickly and conveniently reaches for their smartphone: mpass automatically recognises the user from the mobile number. As a result, it is only necessary to enter the mpass PIN to complete the payment. The customer then selects the product and takes care of placing the order and paying, all with a single click. Neither the mobile number, nor sensitive bank data are passed on to the merchant. Upon request, the address stored with mpass can automatically be used as the shipping address - there is no need to spend time typing it in. The advantages are obvious: mpass works quickly and easily from anywhere and is secure because the user must not enter either a credit card number or a bank connection. Settlement takes place by direct debit.
"The potential of using the Internet via smartphones is far from being exhausted," says René Schuster, CEO of Telefónica O2 Germany. "Mobile payments and integrating mpass into existing shop systems are thus the first step towards using smartphones as a method of payment." The mpass service is free, available online at all times, and easy to use. Prospective users can easily get activated at www.mpass.de. For contractual customers of O2 and Vodafone, the data stored with the mobile service provider will be used so that it is not necessary to re-enter information for each purchase. mpass acts as a trustee in mobile phone payment processes. The payment service was initiated in 2009 by Vodafone and O2 and has been developed on an ongoing basis ever since. Deutsche Telekom has also joined the initiative. Together with the shop partnersmymuesli.com and Ticket-web.de, the mobile solution will be available soon, thus setting another milestone in mobile commerce.
Telefónica O2 Germany GmbH & Co. OHG belongs to Telefónica Europe and is 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. Telefónica Europe has about 55 million mobile and fixed network customers in Great Britain, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany. Vodafone Germany is one of the largest and most modern telecommunications providers in Europe. It realises turnover of more than EUR nine billion and has 13,000 employees. Based in Düsseldorf, Vodafone Germany is a one-stop innovative and integrated technology and service provider with a portfolio including mobile communications, fixed network telephony, internet and broadband data services for business and private customers. Continuous development, numerous patents and investments in new products, services and the modern network have made Vodafone an innovation leader in the German telecommunications market. In 2009, Vodafone received the "connect" magazine's award for the best voice and data network in Germany. Deutsche Telekom AG is one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications companies with over 129 million mobile customers, around 37 million fixed-network lines and approximately 16 million broadband lines (as of September 30, 2010). The Group provides fixed-network, mobile communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers, and ICT solutions for business and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in around 50 countries and has over 250,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenue of EUR 64.6 billion in the 2009 financial year - more than half of it outside Germany (as of December 31, 2009).