Ericsson repackages mobile commerce platform

L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co. announced Friday it would combine two of its existing mobile commerce offerings into a package to be sold as the Mobile Commerce Platform.

The product, which includes modules for access, payment and security, allows mobile phone operators to charge subscribers for wireless Internet services as well as goods bought on the Web using a mobile phone. Transactions can then be settled via the phone bill.

Details of the APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) for the Mobile Commerce Platform will be available for free, giving developers easy access to build on the platform, Ericsson said in a statement.

"The mobile commerce platform is comprised of two products we already sell: the Mobile e-Pay and Safe Trader," said Ericsson spokeswoman Eva Sparr, adding that Ericsson and Hewlett-Packard Co. jointly developed Safe Trader in their EHPT joint venture.

Ericsson's announcement comes in the same week as Lucent Technologies' introduction of the Lucent Mobile Experience, a product portfolio including wireless networking equipment, open APIs, Internet content, mobile Internet developers' kits, and specialized transaction-based micro-billing technology. The Ericsson Mobile Commerce Platform is scheduled to be available in the second quarter.

Ericsson, in Stockholm, can be reached at +46-8-719-0000, or http://www.ericsson.com/.

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