Bango enables new payment option for Amazon customers in Japan


Mobile payment company Bango has enabled a new payment method for customers of online retailer Amazon in Japan.

Customers who hold a KDDI or NTT DOCOMO mobile phone account will be able to make payments for products from Amazon.co.jp, by charging the cost of those products to their phone bill.

By opting this payment method, customers will be able to make instant purchases without the need for an online registration of their card.

“The Bango Platform ensures global retailers can offer these customers the trust and transparency they want from a payment method, and can deliver this at scale.”

Launched this month for Amazon customers, this service has increased the range of products that can be charged to the phone bill.

Telecommunications Carriers Association of Japan has estimated that around 75% of all mobile users in the country are subscribers of KDDI and NTT DOCOMO.

Bango CEO Ray Anderson said: “Internet usage in Japan is mobile-first, with billions of dollars in online purchases charged to Japanese consumers’ phone bills.

 “The Bango Platform ensures global retailers can offer these customers the trust and transparency they want from a payment method, and can deliver this at scale.”

To avail this payment option, mobile subscribers will have to add carrier billing as a payment option in their Amazon account, following which they will be able to make purchases from any device, with the cost being charged to their post-paid phone bill.

Global stores using Bango platform include Amazon, Google, Samsung and Microsoft.