If you're a Verizon Wireless customer, you might be seeing a new payment option in your Play Store billing screen this morning. That option, as you've probably guessed, is carrier billing. We reported on the announcement just a couple of weeks ago.

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For a lot of folks, this is easier than adding a credit card to the Play Store, but if you've got kids (or other spendthrift loved ones), this presents a new and exciting danger to your wallet. Be sure to set a Play Store PIN on your phone in the Settings menu - nobody wants to see a $40 payment to Zynga tacked onto their phone bill at the end of the month.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Christian

    Nice of them to do this and not release Jelly Bean to there customers

    • raazman

      What phone do you have?

      • Christian

        Samsung Galaxy S3 (Verizon)

        • jammer

          Me too, but I have Jelly Bean. Just not from an OTA update.

          • Christian

            How you get the Verizon update...you rooted?

          • jammer

            I'm not using Samsung's TouchWiz. I'm using CM10. Get.cm

          • Christian

            I don't know how to use those. Looking interesting though

          • jammer

            I recommend reading about the d2vzw variant in XDA forums. Search Google for "d2vzw xda official cm10" should be one of the first posts.

          • Christian

            Yeah I am reading up on this. Looks promising

          • Christian

            This looking interesting, reading up it now. Thank you.

    • Jon Garrett


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=524116311 Steve Schaper

    Combined with near-field purchasing, this sounds like a tremendous security risk. Is it?

  • Alberto Hamade

    This is old news. I saw it yesterday when I bought Need For Speed: Most Wanted.

  • Jon Garrett

    want this for AT&T

  • http://pctonic.net/ Ashutosh Mishra

    Oh god, why is the Decline button not aligned with the Terms of Service box? OCD attack.

  • MicroNix

    Absolutely hilarious. VZW won't allow us to have the Google Wallet app but they'll gladly bill you via Google Wallet. Jackwagons...