Facebook has started to roll out a mobile payments service in an attempt to offer a faster and easier method for online payments.
The world’s largest social networking site/company introduced the system – a “low friction” mobile payments system brings in a two-step payments system to replace the previous seven-step process – at the Mobile World Congress in February this year. It offers a simpler way for users to purchase Facebook Credits online, a perfect method to buy a new shed in Farmville when needed.
Purchases will simply add up to monthly phone bills, and Facebook says it is available on all UK mobile networks, which include O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Three and Vodafone, but excludes Virgin Mobile subscribers.
“The payment flow is simple,” said Jessi Xu, a Facebook software engineer. “Users who want to pay for a virtual or digital good in a mobile web app open the payment dialog and confirm their purchase.”
Xu assured that the Facebook mobile payments service will be easy to integrate for game developers, saying that mobile web developers who want to add the system on their sites can use it via Facebook’s payments API.