New rules to combat high call costs from 070 numbers

Ofcom have stated that phone users will be protected from high charges for calling ‘070’ numbers – which are often mistaken for mobiles, but cost much more to call.

Ofcom will be placing a cap on 070 numbers which will be aligned with the existing cap set by Ofcom for calls to mobile numbers – currently around 0.5 pence per minute.

Before the new price cap is introduced, providers who offer 070 number services may need to change the way they run their businesses, to comply with the new rules. This may include changing their billing systems and contacting their customers, or even moving to a different number range. So there will be a 12-month implementation period to make these changes before the new price cap comes into effect.

Full details from the Ofcom press release is available for information

Fonix listed in FT Future 100 UK as recognition for its disruptive mobile technology

Fonix has announced today that it has been listed in the FT  Future 100, a compilation of British companies making an impact either on society or their industry.

This is the first year that the FT Future 100 has run and to make it on to the list, companies had to excel in one of four categories: boosting diversity, consistent growth, disruption and those seeking to make a positive impact via their environmental, social and governance policies (ESG policies).

Fonix received recognition for its dedication to disruption. In this category, judges took into account measures such as research and development spending as a proportion of revenue, as well as the company’s own pitch as a disrupter. Fonix also received recognition for its consistent revenue growth, which is based upon its two consecutive listings in the FT 1000.

CEO of Fonix, Rob Weisz commented “We’re absolutely thrilled to have been listed in the FT Future 100, as we know what a prestigious listing this is. Fonix is at the heart of driving the mobile payments space in the UK – to be recognised for our disruptive technology really rubber stamps this!

The team have worked incredibly hard to get us to where we are today and being listed in the FT Future 100 is testament to this effort. They are all so dedicated to the Fonix journey and their passion for disruptive tech is what drives us forward. This is such an exciting time for Fonix and we can’t wait to see what happens next!”

You can view the full FT Future 100 UK list here.

Global Carrier Billing Summit 2018 – tickets still available

As the only, global, focused event specifically made for the Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) ecosystem, the Summit is a must-attend event for all mobile payments and VAS specialists, digital merchants, operators and businesses who are looking to expand their portfolio into the DCB space, which has shown steady growth over the last few years.

Taking place this 25-26 September at the Millennium Gloucester in London, this event will be covering both developed and emerging markets, the Summit showcases operator case studies, merchant perspectives, partnership models and innovative examples from other payments providers who can partner or inspire the carrier billing community. You can find out more about the summit from here: https://bit.ly/2xwTGqs

MEMBER DISCOUNT

aimm members can get a 10% discount on their 2 day pass prices by using the link: https://tmt.knect365.com/global-carrier-billing-summit/purchase/select-package?vip_code=GCBAIMM10

The discount will be applied once you click on the Add to Basket button.

If you are an operator or merchant you could qualify for a free pass to attend the summit.

To apply for your pass click here: https://bit.ly/2xwTGqs

Golf just got good!

We are pleased to introduce our two sponsors for the day mGage and Enarpee. Our Golf Day is only two weeks ago now and our teams are booked and ready to go, and our sponsors are making this event extra special with their involvement .

mGage have kindly provided the awards for both the Longest Drive and Nearest the Pin competitions, and have organised the golf balls that will be given to our players at the start of the day in their survival packs, to help the day get started with a swing!

Enarpee will be in charge of the refreshments buggy this year, making sure our players have chilled drinks and snacks to keep them going as they make their way across the course.

We would like to thank both our sponsors for their support with this day, and hope that everyone has a good time on the green.

Fonix partners with OMG to bring society lotteries into the 21st Century

 

22nd August 2018, London – Fonix, the mobile payments and messaging specialist, today announced that it has partnered with Open Mobile Global to provide a mobile operator billing mechanic for its clients that run society lotteries.

Fonix and OMG will be launching society lotteries that operate with a mobile payment mechanic for the very first time with The Alzheimer’s Society.

Society lotteries are run by charities, with the proceeds going to charitable causes. Traditionally, participants have entered into lotteries by purchasing a paper ticket, and this evolved over the years to encompass credit and debit card payments.

The Fonix and OMG partnership brings society lotteries into the 21st century and will allow consumers to enter these lotteries simply by sending an SMS to the service. This removes the need for entering banking details as only the mobile number is required to take the payment.

Simon King, Head of Product Development at OMG said of the partnership “We’ve worked with Fonix to deliver SMS donations for clients with great success, and since enabling society lotteries to use phone payment has been approved by the Payment Service Authority, it was a natural progression to collaborate with Fonix on this and add mobile payments to the mix.

We know there’s a demand for this sort of service, with some society lotteries having proceeds in excess of £250,000 in any one year. Introducing mobile payments will allow our clients to meet their fundraising goals more readily.”

Clare Charles, Account Director of Fonix comments, “We love making it easier for consumers to donate to charities, and society lotteries provide a really exciting opportunity for both OMG and Fonix.”

Mobile donations have been hugely popular amongst our charity clients and donors. As a payment mechanic, it’s easy, convenient and secure –  supporters can have absolute confidence in it. We can’t wait to see the results that running mobile operator billing amongst OMG’s client base for society lotteries brings.”