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M-commerce has (finally) arrived

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Tuesday October 6, 2009 )

It seems like I’ve been reading about M-Commerce (ecommerce via mobile phone) being the Next Big Thing for years and the prediction has been repeated for so long, I had pretty much tuned out. But it looks like Amazon have made it a reality for the masses.

Amazon has launched their Mobile Payments Service (AMPS), a suite of APIs providing payment options for mobile websites and applications.

Part of Amazon’s Flexible Payment Service (FPS), using MPS incurs no start-up charges, monthly charges, hidden fees, or long-term contracts. Fees are assessed on a per-transaction basis and vary depending on the payment method used and the transaction amount. For example, a credit card transaction fee for items under 10 bucks is 2.9% + $0.30. For credit card transactions more than $10, it’s 5.0% + $0.05.

By the way, those fees are for payments by US customers only. Credit card transactions from non-US customers attract an additional charge of 1% of the transaction amount.

People paying via Amazon Mobile Payments Service will need an Amazon account, but from what I understand, the signup process is integrated in the checkout process to minimize friction.

For merchants currently using FPS, MPS is already available for their use. Merchants not already using the FPS system will need to create an Amazon FPS developer account, which is free. Amazon also provides a “sandbox” environment that replicates production functionality for testing before going live.

You can learn more about Amazon Mobile Payments Service here.


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