Jena and Leipzig, 11 May 2021 – cyclists can now be mobile and pay mobile at the same time as from July 2021, nextbike and DIMOCO will be offering the mobile payment method Carrier Billing. German mobile postpaid phone customers of Telekom, o2 and Vodafone will receive a one-time 5-euro nextbike credit at the launch.
Not only since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are increasingly using bicycles and rental bikes, Corona has once more strengthen the trend towards cycling, at the same time mobile phone usage has also continued to increase.
The cooperation between nextbike, the largest provider of bicycles in Germany that one can spontaneously rent for a trip, and DIMOCO, a leading provider of the mobile payment method Carrier Billing in Europe, optimizes the user’s rental process.
Spontaneous rentals are particularly encouraged as the mobile phone is always the in the user’s pocket and the spontaneous payment is completed within seconds.
The mobile payment method enables quick and easy payment, as the user is automatically verified and authorised via the mobile phone number in the background. No data requires to be manually entered. The customer is unmistakably identified by the mobile network operator and payment is billed directly to the mobile carrier bill. There is no need to register or enter sensitive data such as credit card or bank account details.
Carrier Billing is already a very popular alternative to credit cards, PayPal or instant bank transfers for micropayments in app stores, for in-app purchases, parking tickets, snacks at vending machines, for charging electric cars, but also for music downloads, online games or video-on-demand purchases.
Marking the nationwide launch in Germany and in support of the joint German carrier billing payment brand “Zahl einfach per Handyrechnung”, customers of the mobile network operators Telekom, Telefónica o2 and Vodafone will receive a nextbike credit. The first ride for cyclists when paying via mobile payment option is free up to a maximum amount of 5 euro. The promotion is valid throughout Germany from July to September 2021.
“Carrier Billing is the most user-friendly payment option with the widest reach in the world,” says Clemens Leitner, Executive Vice President, Carrier & Business Development at DIMOCO Carrier Billing. “There are currently only 29 million PayPal accounts and 37 million credit cards in Germany, but in comparison there were more than 147 million mobile phone connections registered in the country in 2020. This means that almost everybody with a mobile phone contract has a potential payment method in his or her pocket without any prior registration required. Since the mobile phone penetration rate is far higher than the penetration rate of any other payment method, by integrating this additional payment method, our customers can usually for the first time really enable everyone to pay for their products and services.”
“Almost all customers rent nextbike bikes via the app.
And until now, these could pay by bank transfer, credit cards and PayPal. We are delighted to now offer Carrier Billing as an additional method, promising to reach even more users than before”, says Leonhard von Harrach, CEO of nextbike GmbH. “The campaign supported by the mobile network operators is of course a great added value and we are sure that it will be well received within our community.”
DIMOCO, founded in 2000, is a European-wide regulated payment institute for Direct Carrier Billing and holds a payment service license from the Austrian Financial Market Authority (FMA), passported to all EU member states. As a trusted partner of mobile network operators, we enable over 1.5 billion subscribers to purchase goods and services from merchants and aggregators with their mobile devices, charged via the operators’ billing system.
nextbike is European market leader in bike sharing. True to the motto “We like to share”, the company mobilises millions of people in a sustainable way. The micro mobility pioneer has been developing smart bike sharing schemes since 2004. Currently, nextbike has established its bike sharing as an elementary component of urban mobility in over 300 cities worldwide. This service makes public transport even more environmentally friendly and complements it with the advantages of individual transport.