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This article was published on February 20, 2012

Microsoft extends carrier billing deal with MACH as Canada’s TELUS comes on board

Microsoft extends carrier billing deal with MACH as Canada’s TELUS comes on board
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Maintaining its carrier billing service on Windows Phone smartphones, Microsoft has today signed an extended agreement with direct operator billing service MACH, ensuring consumers are able to purchase apps and content on Windows Phone devices, billing them directly to their monthly tariff.

Under the extended deal, MACH will integrate its payment services into Windows Phone smartphones sold by Canadian operator TELUS, following Australian carrier Telstra, which the initial agreement was signed on January 18 2012.

MACH’s Direct Billing Gateway allows operators to directly connect to Microsoft’s Commerce Platform, providing them with a quick and easy way of integrating their payment process into Windows Phone Marketplace downloads.

Microsoft’s partnership with MACH removes the need for cumbersome premium messaging services or re-direction to WAP payment pages, maintaining a consistent experience for all Windows Phone owners.