Mobile Content Bits: Zong/Android; Groupon/JiWire; Gowalla/Sundance


Zong/Android: The mobile payments service is available now for developers to add into apps for Android mobile platform. Zong connects with mobile operators and lets users make charges directly to their mobile bills without entering payment details, and has up to now been used mainly for payments for digital goods and services, such as Facebook credits. (emailed release)

Groupon/JiWire: The social-discount startup has finished acquisition talks with Google (NSDQ: GOOG) for now, but it is still moving on with its own strategy to extend its service to more local markets. Groupon has signed a agreement with JiWire, the location-based advertising company, to start to offer its deals service on a hyper-local level across the U.S. By integrating Groupon with JiWire, Groupon offers will now appear across JiWire’s public wi-fi and mobile footprint, which covers public spaces such as coffee shops, airports and hotels, and location-based mobile apps. JiWire itself is in expansion mode, recently buying NearbyNow to integrate its services with retailers’ shopping apps. (emailed release)

Gowalla/Sundance: One more media partnership for the check-in service, on the heels of a deal with Disney in November. Gowalla will work with the independent film festival to offer visitors the chance to win prizes and other perks such as invites to private parties, by unlocking badges around Park City, Utah, where Sundance is held. In advance of the January event, people will get a chance to win free tickets from Southwest Airlines by checking in at any airport that flies to Salt Lake City, Utah. (via Mashable)

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