Research In Motion has announced that BlackBerry App World integrated billing is now used by over 50 carriers. BlackBerry App World is now available in 170 markets and they are offering over 100,000 smartphone apps. The feature allows BlackBerry App World users to charge app purchases to their mobile bills and this ability extends to the BlackBerry Payment Service, which offers in-app purchases and subscriptions.
?We?re delighted to announce that over 50 of our carrier partners are now offering integrated carrier billing to customers on BlackBerry App World. We remain committed to developing innovative ways to support our carrier partners, while providing a platform that benefits the whole mobile ecosystem,” stated BlackBerry App World VP Ronjon Nag.
RIM uses technology from UK mobile payments company Bango to power their carrier billing. Google, Facebook, and Amazon.com use the same service. Through the Bango platform, RIM works with carriers like AT&T, Bell Mobility, Deutsche Telekom, Optus, Rogers, and Telefonica.
Going forward, RIM’s success is depending entirely on how well the market responds to the BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system. BB10 will be launching on January 30, 2013. On that day, RIM will be holding an event where they will demo the new operating system as well.