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Canned SMS billing, Pre-formatted SMS billing, On-deck billing, Background billing, Wrapper billing, Preloaded content billing, Sent in app

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Canned SMS, preformatted SMS. On deck billing. Billing sent in the 
background. Wrapper billing. preloaded content billing.

Also Known As

Canned SMS billing, Pre-formatted SMS billing, On-deck billing, Background billing, Wrapper billing, Preloaded content billing, Try before you buy billing, Sent in app.

Description

An application that when activated on a handset an SMS is sent into a shortcode to opt the user into a premium service. Users must be informed of the price and other relevant regulatory information plus should be made aware that a message will be sent from their handset.

Usage

Charging for initial activation, activation of new features and/or upgrades of download games, games that come with the handset, applications / app store downloads, wap downloads, most commonly on Java / J2ME, Android and Blackberry games and apps.

 

Functionality

As with all applications there are varying degrees of sophistication, e.g. some applications are able to receive and interpret the premium message to make users aware that their payment has been successful. Others may require the user to enter the password they receive in the premium message to activate the service. 

Billing 

This type of billing lends itself well to MO billing, where the incoming MO can be taken as confirmation of payment, without having to return an MT and monitor its delivery report. 

Deploying

If you are building one yourself, there is a strict approval process due to the potential similarity with the fraudulent diallers, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dialer

txtNation work with a number of external companies who can assist you to deploy this type of billing. Speak to your account manager for more details.

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