China Mobile and TelChina building a mobile payment solution with .tel

China Mobile and TelChina building a mobile payment solution with .tel

China Mobile and TelChina building a mobile payment solution with .tel .

Telnic Limited  has announced that its regional partner TelChina and China Mobile, one of the world’s largest mobile phone companies, have entered into a strategic relationship to develop Mobile-Pay services on the .tel platform.

Telnic ( is the registry operator for the .tel top level domain (TLD), and China Mobile (, is one of the world’s largest mobile phone companies.

The CEO of TelChina (, Ms Lucy Wang, said: “As .tel combines advantages of both the Internet and telecommunications, it will be able to provide an efficient and integrated communications platform for customers of China Mobile in the future. The engagement levels of .tel owners will also bring new vitality to Mobile-Pay, attracting more people to use their mobile phones in making payments, which in turn will increase revenues for operators.”

Project development will be divided into several phases. The first phase is expected to be live in early May, which will enable China Mobile customers to purchase and renew their .tel names via a Mobile-Pay portal using their mobile devices. Following the implementation of the mobile payment solution, users will also be able to use their China Mobile credits to pay in part or full for their .tel names later this year.

Mr. Xie Gang, China Mobile’s Mobile-Pay spokesman said: “Mobile-Pay is migrating from its 1.0 era, which is mainly based on SMS, to its 2.0 era, which is based on WAP and sensor-based terminals. This collaboration with TelChina will not only help customers simplify the payment process, but also provide an optimized platform for China Mobile services. On this platform, users will not have to log on to various websites for payment, but accomplish it through the clicking of a Mobile-Pay link on a .tel page.”

China Mobile will also create a dedicated channel for .tel users to easily pay for online purchases and paying for utility bills and cable TV subscriptions. As a key e-commerce project supported by the country, China Mobile’s Mobile-Pay enjoys a unique advantage. Utilizing China Mobile’s PSTN and IP network, through web, SMS, WAP and IVR interfaces, users can fulfill e-commerce operations such as opening an account, checking their balance, submitting payments and withdrawing cash, without queuing in line at a counter and filling in complex paperwork.

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Authored by: Richard Lee

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