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Tencent's JOOX, Fortumo Enable Direct Carrier Billing for Indosat Ooredoo, 3 and Smartfren Customers

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Tencent's JOOX, Fortumo Enable Direct Carrier Billing for Indosat Ooredoo, 3 and Smartfren Customers Image Credit: Fortumo

The leading Asian music streaming service JOOX and the mobile technology company Fortumo announced a direct carrier billing partnership.

Indonesia is the first country to launch the service: all prepaid and postpaid mobile clients of Indosat Ooredoo, 3 and Smartfren can now pay for JOOX through Fortumo’s solution whereby JOOX’s charge will be billed to users’ mobile accounts.

According to the World Bank, only 2% of people have a credit card while 53% already own a smartphone in Indonesia. This means a majority of people accessing online content have no means to pay for it. Carrier billing resolves this problem by making online payments available to any mobile owner without the need to share personal information online or to register for any additional accounts.

JOOX VIP is a paid platform from JOOX and gives user maximal benefit. User can access all songs without ad and restriction, listening with maximum music quality, download favorite songs, watch special live online streaming show. JOOX VIP ranging from IDR 25.000 per week to IDR 509.000 per year, hence by having carrier billing partnership gives user more flexibility to purchase the VIP right from their phone.

Benny Ho, Senior Director of Business Development, Tencent
We are excited to work with Fortumo to offer our users get access and to download millions of songs legally by subscribing to JOOX VIP. We believe this is a significant step forward in promoting on demand, legal music, through the collaboration with leading payment method that is used by millions of Indonesians.

Andrea Boetti, VP of Business Development, Fortumo 
South-East Asia is a booming region for digital services as the content-hungry mobile audience is looking for entertainment. Streaming services are successfully growing their user base in the region, but converting these users into paying customers is almost impossible with traditional payment methods. 

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

For tips and feedback, email Ray at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com, or reach him on LinkedIn, Facebook 

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