Fastlink and ICON bring mobile payments to Jordan

Using a payment system from ICON, Fastlink hopes to give subscribers the ability to use handsets much like a debit card.

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By  Alex Ritman Published  October 9, 2005

Leading Jordanian mobile operator Fastlink is set to launch an m-payment service in 1Q06, enabling subscribers to make indirect e-payments using their mobile handset. Using a payment system provided by ICON, users will be able to pay bills for services they are subscribed to, make direct payments to merchants and purchase pin numbers for prepaid airtime. ICON is set to team up with leading banks in Jordan and the payment service will enable mobile handsets to act much like debit cards, with payments made in real time. “Subscribers and merchants will have special menus on their mobile handsets to enable them to transact securely, whether it is paying for a specific bill or purchasing goods from merchants,” says Hatham Bata, assistant sales director at the operator. All of Fastlink’s 1.7 million subscribers will have access to the new service when it is commercially launched, says Bata. Transactions will be made over Fastlink’s network and the ICON mobile payment system. “Our payment system uses strict policies for merchants and subscribers so as to make sure confirmation is sent to each party involved in the transaction,” says Bata. ICON’s general manager, Mu'ayyad Dabbas, says his company seeks to lead the way of M-Payments in Jordan and the Middle East by providing other advanced solutions to mobile operators.

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