Amazon Adds Carrier Billing In Japan

Mobile payments company Bango announced that it has expanded Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) availability to Japanese customers of Amazon Prime and Prime Student membership programs.

The news comes after the successful June 2017 launch of DCB for Amazon retail customers in Japan. Amazon customers with an NTT DOCOMO or KDDI (au) mobile phone account can now pay for the Amazon Prime membership fee, either monthly or annually, by charging the cost to their mobile phone bill. Students in Japan can also now use this new payment method to pay for their annual membership fees to the Prime Student program.

Selecting the carrier billing payment method enables customers to make purchases instantly without the need to register their card details online. Bango technology ensures reliability, security and customer success when paying with carrier billing.

“An amazing range of goods and services can now be purchased through the phone bill in Japan,” said Ray Anderson, Bango CEO. “The Bango platform ensures global retailers can offer these customers the trust and transparency they want from a payment method, and can deliver this at scale.”

Charging online payments to a phone bill is a widely adopted payment method in Japan. Now that it’s available at, the method has greatly increased the range of products that can be charged to the phone bill by KDDI and NTT DOCOMO customers, who cover around 75 percent of all mobile subscribers in Japan.

To use this payment option, a KDDI or NTT DOCOMO user simply needs to add carrier billing as a payment option in their account.