Mobile Gaming Hinges on Micro-Billing

Mobile Gaming Hinges on Micro-Billing Systems: A new study from Frost & Sullivan reveals that the mobile gaming industry worldwide generated revenues totaling $436.4 million in 2001. Steady growth for messaging-based, web-based and downloadable mobile gaming could push total revenues to $9.34 billion in 2008.

However, “[b]efore this sector can realize its full potential, market participants will have to implement micro-billing systems. As consumers are apprehensive about making over-the-air payments with credit cards for mobile services, network operators will need to use billing-on-behalf-of-others (BOBO) techniques to collect revenues for content providers.”

“Until these secure systems are installed, consumers are likely to stay away from mobile gaming. Naturally, operators will have to convince them to pay to play.”

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