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News ByteBoku, a mobile payments provider, said it has signed a direct carrier billing relationship with Telefónica’s O2 in Germany. That means that O2 customers can charge virtual, digital and physical goods ranging from .09 Euros to 30 Euros to their carrier bill by entering their phone number into an app or other form. In general, the trend has been for carriers to increasingly lower the fees they charge for physical goods to make charging lower margin goods to the carrier bill more feasible. Boku says it’s connected to 230 operators in 65 countries, although not all carriers support physical payments.
News Byteit wants no part of U.K. carrier O2′s new ranking system that gives handsets a rating of one to five based on sustainability–the ecological impact of their raw materials, the manufacturing process, packaging, useful life, energy efficiency and ease of recycling. Other major manufacturers–including Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung–completed O2′s voluntary 63-question survey, but Apple declined, preferring to let its Web site speak for itself.