Crazy John's enters mobile commerce foray

Software solution for smart phones only

Mobile phone retailer Crazy John's has inked a deal with Mint Wireless to sell its mobile commerce system to business customers.

Mint allows businesses to accept payments using a mobile phone to process credit card transactions and immediately print an invoice.

Mint's software works on Windows-based PDA phones and BlackBerry smartphones, turning them into "portable cash registers", according to the company.

A spokesperson for Mint Wireless said while the mobile commerce software will work with any smartphone, the functionality is limited compared to when it is used with Windows Mobile or BlackBerry.

With Mint businesses can accept and process payments from credit cards, debit cards, cash, cheques or an existing account. Transactions are processed wirelessly over a secured GPRS or 3G mobile network.

Every transaction is stored in the business's Mint online account for downloading into an accounting system like MYOB or QuickBooks back in the office.

Crazy John's head of sales and marketing, Steve Morley, said Mint's solution helps its customers improve their business's capability, and when combined with an ability to develop bespoke solutions he is confident it will be popular.

This deal follows the recent announcement that Optus is also offering Mint as part of a mobile payment package, and Telstra has its own mobile commerce offering in the works.

As an independent Vodafone dealer with its own billing platform, Crazy John's can provide customers with just one bill that includes mobile commerce and telecommunications services.

Mint Wireless CEO Alex Teoh said while we are in the early stages for payment by mobile in Australia, Mint is a product that Australian businesses, large and small, have always needed - something that enables faster payment, and significantly reduces administration time.

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Rodney Gedda

Computerworld

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