Company Profile/

BOKU was born out of a desire to create a frictionless payment system allowing a mobile phone number to be used as a safe and secure payment instrument. In 2009, we partnered with mobile operators around the world to enable their subscribers to purchase virtual goods simply using their mobile number.

Within 2 years, we grew to become the largest global mobile payments network servicing 66 countries through more than 240 carrier partners, connected to merchants such as Facebook, Disney, EA, and Zynga.

Our team strives to push the future of payments by partnering with carriers globally, ushering in a new era of mobile-enhanced payments in e-commerce and at physical point-of-sale.

MEF Minute/

Member Interview: Jon Prideaux, CEO, Boku

MEF’s Dario Betti speaks with Jon Prideaux, CEO at Boku about their recent acquisition of identity specialists Danal, how the payments and identity businesses overlap and how they see the ecosystem developing in the future.

“We’ve always described ourselves as a carrier commerce company – the basic vision that Boku was started on, is that there’s a lot of mobile phones out there, and while it’s convenient to make phone calls between those phones, or send text messages or use them for data, there is also a wealth of capability…

Mobile money: usability, growth markets and the importance of choice

MEF held its global and regional board elections at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year.

After the event we caught up with some of the newly elected directors – Bango’s founder and CEO, Ray Anderson, Boku’s CEO, Jon Prideaux and Microsoft’s Director of Carrier Billing Grahame Riddell – and asked them for their thoughts on mobile money and specifically carrier billing going forward for MEF’s recently published free Mobile Money eBulletin.

Here’s what they said…

Industry Views: Mobile predictions 2015

Last week, MEF looked at the year ahead in its traditional annual predictions featuring ten key mobile trends that will shape the global mobile landscape in 2015. Here contributors to that list, drawn from MEF’s Global and Regional Boards of Directors and other members, share their thoughts on the top ten, as well as adding some of their predictions on what 2015 has in store for the global mobile  ecosystem. Scott Weeman...

Direct Carrier Billing and Boku’s e-money: from digital to physical purchases

Until recently, in Europe, direct carrier billing (AKA direct operator billing) was restricted to the purchase of digital goods and operated under an exemption to the European Union’s Payment Services Directive (PSD). This regulatory framework was largely established to deal with the purchase of ringtones and wallpapers. Now however, it’s possible for carrier billing providers to operate in full compliance with the PSD using an e-money licence, enabling carrier billing to be...

Spotlight on Mobile in LatAm – Filipe Roup Rosa

As MEF gears up for the inaugural MEF Global Forum co-located with the 10th annual Meffys Awards on 14th and 15th November in San Francisco, we have invited the Board Chairs of regional Chapters to share their mobile insights. Here Filipe Roup Rosa, Business Development Director of Boku and Chair MEF Latin America discusses the vital…