Q: What is SMS Billing?
SMS billing is a method through which customers gain access to protected content using mobile phones. With SMS billing, those without credit and debit cards can access online content. SMS billing is also a solution for people who do not feel comfortable using credit cards online, because it allows them a way to take advantage of Internet content without risking their security.
Q: How does SMS billing work?
SMS billing is simple. The customer goes to an online payment page and receives a code to send as a text message to an access phone number. Once this is done, the system responds with an automatically generated username and password, which allows the customer to access the protected content. The password allows access to the protected area for a time specified by the amount paid at the online payment page.
Q: What are the advantages of SMS billing over credit card billing?
Adding SMS billing to your payment options is a great advantage to you as a merchant. For customers who are uncomfortable about risking their identities by making online purchases with credit cards, SMS billing is a solution that will leave them with a sense of security. An SMS billing option allows merchants to sell goods to customers without credit cards. Finally, SMS billing is an excellent backup option in any situation in which a customer's credit card is denied.
Q: How can I use SMS billing?
By using the services provided by Global Acces, any merchant can add SMS billing as a payment option for their customers. Use SMS billing as your primary or alternative method of billing, for your customers' convenience. SMS billing allows merchants to reach out to customers who would not otherwise have access to their content, creating sales out of an otherwise untapped market.
Q: What can Global Accés do for me?
Global Acces provides merchants with a complete SMS billing setup. We have the scripts and infrastructure to make the setup easy for your business. With a simple script installation, SMS billing can be fully operable on your website within hours. Global Acces also gives you the freedom to create packages with varying time limits, which allows you to include all customers, no matter what their budget may be.
Q: Will I need to do any custom programming to integrate Global Acces?
In most cases, the merchant will not need to do any custom programming to integrate the Global Acces SMS billing system. Our gateway scripts were created for easy installation, and come complete with simple installation documents. To accommodate a range of system reqirements, our scripts are available in both PHP and Perl.
Q: I use NATS or MPA3, will Global Acces work for me?
Global Acces has been integrated with both NATS and MPA3, making it convenient for merchants running either of these affiliate scripts. Within the administration panels on these programs, Global Acces can easily be added.
This is how billing by SMS works, see figure below: