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Vodacom, RIM offer new way to pay
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00
Written by Staff writer
Vodacom prepaid and contract customers in SA now have a new way to pay for applications on BlackBerry App World.
Together with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM), the cellphone operator has devised a new billing service that enables Vodacom customers to buy apps by charging the transaction directly to their contract or prepaid account.
“Vodacom customers will also be offered the flexibility of charging in-app purchases to their regular bill, or deducting the costs from their prepaid account, which allows digital goods to be purchased without interrupting the app experience.”
Prins Mhlanga, managing executive of Vodacom digital media, says the company has worked closely with RIM on the functionality, in a bid to improve the customer experience “by unlocking the power of [Vodacom’s] network and services”.
Bob Bose, RIM’s regional MD, says the new billing service will give BlackBerry users on the Vodacom network easier access to “tens of thousands of apps ranging from productivity to entertainment”.
According to Richard Boorman, Vodacom’s head of corporate affairs, the operator has a base of roughly two million BlackBerry users in SA.
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