With gaming consoles, the internet and cellphones being natural extensions of the typical gamer, Sony, in a wise move, has joined up with mobile payments company Boku to allow ease of payment for online content via users’ cellphones.
Users in the United Kingdom can now top up their Sony account wallet to obtain content from the PlayStation®Store and across the Sony Entertainment Network, using their mobile phone account.
This is how it works:
- Choose “mobile” as the payment option
- Enter a mobile phone number
- Respond via SMS to confirm the wallet top-up
The wallet top-up charge will appear on the user’s next mobile phone bill, or will be debited against their pre-paid account.
Gordon Thornton, Vice President, Sony Network Entertainment Europe, said: “We are always looking at new ways to give our customers more choice in terms of content, accessibility and payment methods, and are pleased to be able to offer the option of mobile operator billing, which is becoming more and more popular”.
Mobile operator billing is indeed fast becoming a popular method of payment, with Microsoft’s Skype also recently offering direct carrier billing as a payment method. Microsoft’s Xbox.com has added this payment option as well.
- Mobile operator billing is convenient and allows for a simple, easy payment process
- No credit card required so products and services are more widely accessible
- Security concerns around placing banking or credit card details online are alleviated
Sony says that enabling mobile payments makes the process easier for users to access and obtain downloadable games, add-ons, themes, movies and TV shows from its online content stores.
It explains that wallet top-ups with mobile operator billing can be made through the Sony Entertainment Network Account Management website and PlayStation®Store on PlayStation®3 (PS3™).
Currently, the Sony mobile billing system is only in place in the UK but hopefully South African gamers and Sony subscribers can expect the option soon.