Ahead of next January’s release date event and a frankly enormous new direction for RIM, BlackBerry 10 announcements and previews are becoming almost daily occurrences. Today is by no means an exception to the rule as it has come to light that the new BlackBerry 10 mobile OS is to offer support for integrated carrier billing, which is being seen by many as an important provision for the Smartphone markets of the coming years.
The news follows a previous announcement whereby RIM CEO Thorsten Heins confirmed that BlackBerry 10 was already in the hands of at least 50 major carriers across the world, carrying out essential final testing prior to a global launch of epic proportions.
What the new BlackBerry Payment Service will offer users of the new BlackBerry 10 OS is the ability to make purchase via RIM’s App World without the need to offer any credit or debit card information, or add such details to their BlackBerry ID. Rather than the purchases appearing immediately on their credit card bill as is the case in most instances, the charges would instead be added to their next monthly bill.
Along with bolstering security massively by asking that no personal details be offered in order to make minor purchases, integrated carrier billing is also noted as perhaps the fastest and smoothest route to online purchasing. Supporters of the system have stated that the Smartphone and Tablet PC markets in general will become more and more dependent on carrier billing over the coming years, commending RIM’s efforts to remain ahead of the game.
Next year’s BlackBerry 10 release date has been dubbed the most important day in the history of RIM by investors, analysts and critics the world over, as the once almighty Canadian Smartphone-maker may be down to its final shot at glory after a truly disastrous couple of years.