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Press Release -- December 17th, 2013
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Payfone Strikes Deal with AT&T to Verify Mobile Identity

Payfone Taps the Intelligence of the AT&T Network to Improve Mobile Identity Authentication

Dallas, Texas, December 17, 2013

Payfone, a leader in secure mobile authentication, will use AT&T* network data to boost its mobile identity services. The collaboration aims to offer better protection and convenience for AT&T’s mobile customers who use smartphones for banking and buying goods as well as for businesses providing online and mobile services.

Payfone will use an AT&T application programming interface (API) toolkit to access network data that adds to Payfone’s existing service. Using the API toolkit, Payfone’s service will allow businesses to confirm that the device being used during a transaction is authenticated on AT&T’s mobile network.  The agreement highlights how AT&T is fostering innovation and creating value for enterprise developers and solution providers.

“Payfone’s enhanced mobile identity authentication services show just one powerful way the power of our intelligent network can help companies create stronger customer relationships,” said Laura Merling, Vice President of Ecosystem Development and Platform Solutions, AT&T. “With the addition of the AT&T APIs, the Payfone solution could help transform how financial services and e-commerce companies confirm mobile transactions and reduce financial risk.”

“With AT&T, Payfone can now authenticate common mobile applications and services such as mobile banking, commerce and corporate email for any of the 107.9 million AT&T mobile subscribers.  This collaboration is a game changer because Payfone is able to provide enterprises unprecedented security without sacrificing convenience,” said Payfone CEO, Rodger Desai.

Today, consumers are required to perform time-intensive and often frustrating tasks when logging into secure mobile banking applications, such as responding to a set of knowledge-based questions or text messages or completing CAPTCHA puzzles. Payfone’s service simplifies the process of authenticating the device, replacing the need for legacy techniques.

Using AT&T’s new API toolkit could also allow Payfone to help businesses manage their Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies for employees by automating the process of verifying whether devices are active and authenticated on the network.

The AT&T API toolkit is also available to enterprise developers and businesses in the U.S. that wish to utilize the AT&T network to increase the security of their services and make them easier to use.

AT&T's Outstanding Network

The great performance of AT&T’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network** continues to be validated by independent third-party testing:

  • AT&T now has the most reliable 4G LTE network according to our analysis of data from Nielsen.1
  • Meanwhile, our 4G LTE service was recognized as having faster average download and upload speeds than any of our competitors in PCWorld/TechHive’s most recent 20-market speed tests – the second consecutive year that AT&T has ranked 1st overall.  PCWorld/TechHive also ranked AT&T’s as the fastest combination of 3G and 4G services in the 20 cities it tested.2
  • And AT&T was named America’s fastest 4G LTE network  in PC Magazine’s 2013 Fastest Mobile Networks 30-market study – and also swept the top rankings in all six U.S. regions from coast to coast: Northeast, Southeast, North-Central, South-Central, Northwest and Southwest.3

In addition, RootMetrics® has awarded AT&T for strongest overall call, text, and data performance in multiple markets in the most recent 2013 testing.4

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

**4G LTE speed claim based on national carriers’ average 4G LTE download speeds.

1 AT&T's 4G LTE Reliability claim based on analysis of data network connection and data transaction success rates reported by Nielsen during network tests conducted across 225 markets from Nov. 2012 to Nov. 2013, and compares carriers with nationwide 4G LTE networks.

2 PCWorld/TechHive, May 23, 2013, “AT&T clocks best overall speeds with 3G/4G combo”

3 PC Magazine, June 17, 2013; http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2420333,00.asp

4 Based on the most recent RootScore® Report for each of the 125 U.S. markets tested in 2013. Performance rankings of 4 national mobile networks rely on scores calculated from random samples. Visit rootmetrics.com for more details. Your experience may vary. The RootMetrics award is not an endorsement of AT&T.

About Payfone

Payfone is a leader in secure mobile authentication. Payfone's suite of network authentication services provides unparalleled mobile security while eliminating friction from the customer experience. The company is backed by leading venture firms, financial institutions and wireless carriers and is based in New York. Follow Payfone on Twitter @payfone.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T, news, filings) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV service with the AT&T U-verse® brand. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.

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4G LTE speed claim based on national carriers’ average 4G LTE download speeds. Reliability claim based on data transfer completion rates on nationwide 4G LTE networks. 4G LTE availability varies.

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