Fortumo, an Estonia-headquartered mobile payment solution provider, has reached partnership with China Unicom and China Telecom on in-app billing. With the earlier partnership with China Mobile reached early this year, Fortumo believes they are the first and only mobile payments service that provides such a service to all the three Chinese telecos.

The company is also working with Chinese phone manufacturer ZTE to start powering in-app payments on ZTE Android smartphones from the third quarter of this year.

It must be helpful for international developers who have difficulty accepting Android in-app payments from China, as 1) only a small number of Chinese own credit cards, 2) Chinese users download Android apps from a handful of third-party stores or platforms operated by local Internet companies, other than Google Play or Android Market, and 3) Google Wallet isn’t accessible in China.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com