American Express Plants Deeper Roots into Mobile Payments with New Sprint Partnership

American Express is clearly becoming the credit card giant to watch in terms of its rapid adoption and deployment of mobile payments solutions.

On Monday, American Express and Sprint announced a new agreement that will provide Sprint customers with “easy access” to Serve, American Express’ recently launched digital payments platform.

According to a joint press release issued early Monday, the agreement marks Serve’s first relationship with a mobile carrier since launching in late March, and builds on Sprint’s “commitment to providing customers mobile solutions with convenience and choice.”

This summer Serve’s mobile wallet application will be made available in the Sprint Zone to Sprint customers using select Android-powered smartphones. Sprint customers with these devices can find Sprint Zone, which also provides Sprint account information, recommends apps and more, as an icon on their Sprint mobile device.

American Express hails Serve as a digital payment platform that unifies online, offline and mobile payment options into a single account.

Analogous to other mobile payment services, Serve can be funded from a bank account, debit, credit or charge card, or by receiving money from another Serve account.

“Sprint is a forward thinking company that is constantly looking for new ways to simplify processes and provide the best solutions for its customers. Their decision to promote Serve in the Sprint Zone is a reflection of that philosophy and we are excited to move forward with this relationship,” says David Messenger, Executive Vice President of Enterprise Growth at American Express. “We believe that customers will benefit greatly from taking advantage of Serve’s functionality as a quick, user-friendly way for tackling the often tedious task of paying bills and making mobile payments.”

“Sprint is pleased to join with American Express to offer this convenient tool for sending and receiving money to friends, paying bills and making purchases online,” adds Kevin McGinnis, vice president-Product Platforms at Sprint. “Our relationship with American Express is a great example of Sprint’s open enablement strategy. Sprint brings practical, easy-to-use apps and services to our customers from trusted brands like American Express.”