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General Information

BOKU is the world leader in online payments, enabling consumers to buy goods and services with nothing more than their wireless phone number. We reach over 3 billion consumers all over the world. Trusted by consumers, merchants and carriers, BOKU is highly accessible and uses bank-grade payment technology to create a whole new market for mobile users who otherwise might not be reached.

We are localized across 28 languages and 44 currencies, operating in 65 countries with 230 carriers across the globe. (That means you don’t have to learn 27 new languages.) BOKU is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Europe and Asia. Our investors include leading Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and venture capitalists such as Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures, Index Ventures and Khosla Ventures


USD - US Dollar

Countries of use

All countries


private and business

Integration approaches

online mobile

Information for developers

Integrate with BOKU’s pricing API,
transaction API or Android SDK.
Integrating BOKU is as easy as 1-2-3 and as you can see, we mean that literally.

Step 1.Use BOKU’s Publisher
Portal and submit a new
service for approval.
Step 2.Integrate with BOKU’s
pricing API, transaction API
or Android SDK.
Step 3.Test and ship!
Get Started with BOKU
AndroidIntegrating BOKU’s 1-Tap™ solution into your Android application enables you to monetize via carrier billing in 50+ countries. Drop our SDK into your application, make one simple call, and we take care of everything, from localization to payment authorization. For your end-user, with one tap of a button, the transaction completes within seconds without ever leaving the application.
Get Started!
WebIntegrate BOKU’s web checkout solution online to accept mobile payments in 65 countries, localized in over 30 languages. Just call our API to start a transaction online, and we’ll return a URL to you that can be displayed in an iframe or separate web page. Send the user to this URL, and our highly optimized web checkout flow will complete the transaction. For the user, it’s as simple as: 1) choose what you want to buy, 2) enter your mobile phone, 3) receive a confirmation text and reply with the letter “y.”
Get Started!
With you every step of the wayFrom the moment you fill out your merchant registration form, our business development and compliance teams take over and start working with you to create a BOKU publisher portal account. Our Merchant Support Team then takes over and enables special configurations based on your compliance needs. The MST team then works with you as you integrate BOKU into your product and then submit for approval. Once MST approves your service, you’re all set and ready to use BOKU.
As flexible as you need us to beIntegrating with BOKU API’s is flexible and easy. The main API’s required are pricing and transaction initiation API’s. The pricing API just queries available price points. The transaction initiation API starts a transaction with a given price point. Working with our Android SDK might be even easier. Just drop a few lines of code into our jar file, integrate the standard pricing API and you’re good to go.
Protecting you and your customers from fraud with our proprietary process and platformWhen you work with BOKU, our expert fraud management team is working in parallel with the Merchant Support Team to ensure that we’re keeping you and your customers safe from fraudulent transactions. Our fraud management team is on the job from the start, from merchant checkpoints and end-to-end flow tests used while you are integrating BOKU, to payment notifications, to the documentation we provide outlining product security best practices. In short, fraud is bad, but we’ve got you covered.
Our expert staff is made up of…well, expertsIf you get stuck or have questions, we’ve got unparalleled customer service to give you the comprehensive support necessary to keep your customers satisfied and your business successful. Because we just want you to do well. Is that so much to ask? BOKU is a trusted industry leader in technology, finance, and engineering. And not to brag or anything, but the people behind BOKU are veterans from companies such as Amazon, Google, PayPal, Yahoo, Apple, Bank of American, First USA and AT&T. We just wanted to let you know. No big deal.

Recent news

Posted on December 12, 2018
Boku awarded International Star at European Small and Mid-Cap Awards

The Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE) and EuropeanIssuers, in cooperation with the European Commission announced the winners of the 6th European Small and Mid-Cap Awards. This year, the award for International Star was presented to Boku. The winner of the International Star award was selected on the basis of being a newly listed mid-cap company that boasts impressive results in terms of international sales, profit and market share growth.

According to the award committee, “All stellar candidates competing in this category have likely expanded their presence in either existing and new markets and made great achievements in the international scene. The International Star Award will go to a well-managed company that demonstrates a sound strategy for taking advantage of opportunities outside its own country.”

Boku is particularly proud of its achievements in international markets and is very honoured to be publicly recognized for it. Read full post

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Posted on October 12, 2018
Boku awarded “Best Newcomer” at AIM Awards

Each year, PwC sponsors an awards gala to celebrate outstanding achievement on the AIM stock exchange. Awards go to companies and entrepreneurs who have most successfully harnessed AIM to fulfill their ambition and growth potential in the last year.

This year, Boku is honoured to be awarded the “Best Newcomer”. This award is given to a company that is “a strong contender for Company of the Year were it not due to the lack of a public company track record… the winner will already have caught the imagination of investors.”

Pictured, left to right: David Snell, Partner and AIM Leader, PwC; Stuart Neal, CFO, Boku Inc. (winner); Justin Cooper, CEO, Link Market Services; and Sophie Raworth, awards presenter. Read full post

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Posted on September 27, 2018
Boku Awarded Best Aggregator at the 2018 Global Carrier Billing Summit

Global Carrier Billing Summit is an annual event that was held this past week in London where industry leaders and influencers gathered to discuss the future of carrier billing. Besides technology companies like Boku, attendees represented a wide mix of companies ranging from digital giants like Google and Microsoft, to telco conglomerates like Telefonica and Telenor. It was in front of this audience where Boku had the honor of being named “Best Aggregator”.

According to the award committee, “The best 2018 aggregator award will be awarded to the vendor that has the most innovative DCB offering. This will be a diversified product offering that is effective, competitive and innovative. They have contributed to the developments of the direct carrier billing market with innovative features including major competitive differentiators.”

In addition to receiving the award, Boku CEO Jon Prideaux delivered a keynote presentation explaining why large scale aggregators play such a critical role in transforming individual carriers into a global network of interconnected technology and services. Jon also participated in a Q&A where he shared his thoughts on the role mobile apps will play in shaping the future of carrier billing. Read full post

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Posted on July 31, 2018
Like clockwork: the story behind monthly payment volume spikes

There is a familiar ritual at Boku that takes place before the start of every month. The network operations center in Mumbai begins coordinating with technical staff in the US and Europe to run through its checklist: System response times? Good. Transaction error rates? Good. Hardware utilization? Good. This routine continues until every major component across Boku’s primary and secondary data centre is confirmed to be in good shape. While nobody expects a failover to happen, the second site is there just in case it did and if there was ever a time to be extra cautious, this would be it: the first 24 hours of a new month, immediately after the clock strikes midnight… in Japan.

Meanwhile 7,000km away, Hiroshi is at home playing Monster Strike on his iPhone. Whilst it is past his usual bedtime, Hiroshi like so many other Japanese gamers has chosen to stay up late because come midnight, mobile games like Monster Strike will be releasing several highly-coveted characters, weapons, and armors to the public – sometimes at a discount but almost always with limited availability. And as soon as those special items are released, a tidal wave of payment requests come flooding in fast and furious. What does that look like? Read full post

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Posted on May 24, 2018
We’ve made big changes to our Privacy Policy (Privacy Notice) and Terms of Use

In light of new rules introduced under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we have updated our Privacy Policy (now named our Privacy Notice), effective immediately. We have also introduced changes to our Terms of Use, to make them clearer, and to better align them with the evolution of our business.

What is GDPR?

The GDPR affects European and non-European businesses that process the data of end-users that are resident in the European Economic Area (EEA).

If you are a user of our services, and you are resident in the EEA, GDPR covers the data that we process about you and how we protect it. At Boku, we value your business and protecting your data is really important to us. We want to make sure you know what GDPR means for you and the services we provide.

From 25 May 2018, if you are a user of our services resident in the EEA, new rules will apply which provide you with new rights. These include the right to view and correct the personal data we hold about you, and the right for you to ask that we delete any personal data that we hold about you.

Where can you see the changes?

You will see the new changes in our revised Privacy Notice and updated Terms of Use. Next time you use our services you will have to agree to these changes if you want to continue using our services. Read full post

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