Update: It looks like Telstra has had carrier billing for a couple of months, and Google is just now getting around to updating the support page. Thanks to Adam Ricket (@onlineadr) for the heads-up.

Good news, Aussies: your mega-carrier Telstra is now in Google's good graces when it comes to billing for apps and other purchases on the Play Store. Just select carrier billing during the checkout process, and the purchase price will be added to your next phone bill instead of your credit or debit card.

Customers of Telenor in Norway and Beeline in Russia, you can also spend your kroner and rubles via your phone bill. Unfortunately, all three are the only carriers in their respective nations to offer the service.


There are a couple of other updates on Google Play's carrier billing support page: O2 in Germany and Movistar in Spain. Both of these are subsidiaries of telecom giant Telefónica, which previously appeared in the fields for both countries. The updates are in name only.

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Jeremiah Rice
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  • http://www.facebook.com/fanSteNL Stefan Emmerik

    When is this in the Netherlands? More then 80% here don't have a creditcard.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      We're watching Google's moves closely and will let everyone know as soon as it happens.

      • Stefan Andersen

        I Hope this gets to Denmark as soon as possible, Google would earn so much more money on non-free apps, since a lot of People don't want to Pay via Credit card. Hurry up, Google.

  • Rodrigost23

    Well, they promised to bring this to Brazil in the beginning of Google Play's life. I'm still waiting for it...

  • http://twitter.com/k0t_leta nawa

    I understand you guys can't know everything, I just want to add that Beeline billing system works about three months already. :)

  • http://twitter.com/GiuntaRob Roberto Giunta

    Google still annoys me to no end.

    They want money from as much people as possible to spend on the Play Store? How about printing some of those gift cards and put them into super markets or electronic stores?I can totally understand them wanting to control the experience but really, it can't be 'that' difficult to print some code on gift cards and put them into a market so that people who don't own a credit card - and there are A LOT - can buy Play Store content? There can't be that much regulatory stuff to take care of before launching them 8 months(!) after the US release.

    Everything is there, from the redeem menu point in the web version of the Play Store up to the functionality on the Play Store on our phones. It's ridiculous how many gift cards I see lately and Google still can't bring it on here in Europe? I am disappoint. They stand in their own way of even more success with the Play Store.


  • 8Charlie

    Paypal? Gift cards? Google: at least 30% off the apps on my phone are pirated, simply because I have no way of purchasing apps from the Play Store. So keep up the good work and I'll keep my money.