European readers, no one could blame you for being a little miffed at Google when it comes to the Play Store. The company's focus on the United States is impossible to deny, especially when you look at the availability of carrier billing. But they're slowly, slowly rolling out the feature to more and more carriers and countries. Today Both Switzerland and Belgium get one carrier each added to the Play Store billing club: Swisscom and Mobistar, respectively.


Swisscom and Mobistar are the first and currently only carriers to take advantage of the feature in their respective countries. Those of you who use the Play Store to buy apps, media, or in-app purchases should now be able to charge your next phone bill for the amount. Both carriers have confirmed the news. (Belgians have access to Google Play Books and Google Play Music, but the Swiss only have apps at the moment.) There's no real advantage to this, other than making things a little less complicated.

Carrier billing is now available in 11 countries in Europe, but only six of them have more than one carrier available. Still, considering that only 18 nations in total have access to the feature (including the US and Hong Kong), it could be worse. 

Source: Google Play Store Support, Swisscom, Mobile Payments Today

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • whargharbl

    >There's no real advantage to this, other than making things a little less complicated.

    As one of many Belgians without a credit card (and thanks to Google, no other way to pay), I disagree. It makes it a whole fuckton less complicated. It basically takes it from "Fuck you. Up the ass." to "This is so easy!"

    Now if only Mobistar wasn't shit... I hope other Belgian carriers jump on this asap. Or Google could finally release their gift cards, or maybe even lift the border restrictions, that'd be great.

    • http://nexworx.com/dries Dries

      Fellow Belgian here, and I honestly don't get the big deal about getting a credit card here. I've had one since a few weeks after my 18th birthday and I wouldn't know how to get *anything* done on the internet without one. Didn't have to jump through hoops either, I just went to my bank and asked. Decided to go for one that doesn't spread your due amount, so it actually works exactly like a debit card, no interest added. Just a flat fee of all but 92 cents every month. Even if you don't want to get one of those, everyone from bpost to Mobile Vikings are flooding the market with prepaid MasterCards, so I have to ask: why the holdout?

    • Roger Siegenthaler

      I couldn't agree more, I can just pay my phone charges by bank and not need a credit card, which is a pain because I'm still not going to let them save that data...

      Swiss guy here ;) And swisscom... even though they're the biggest they still suck ass.

      • Thomas Steinbrüchel

        But swisscom is better than sunrise or orange. I had both of them, horrible network reliability. So I switched back to the expensive one hehe

  • imartificial

    When is it coming to Australia?

  • Thomas Steinbrüchel

    Great news for me!

  • Stev

    Any hints that it will come the other 2 major carriers in switzerland, too? That would be Sunrise and Orange. We really get cut off in CH, no hardware, no movies, no music, no books, nothing in the play store. They can at least give us the damn Google Play Gift Cards for those without a credit card...

  • Bluewall

    Awesome ! Thanks Swisscom, great move as usual :)
    Anyone have any clue how to enable it ?

    • Julien

      Thanks very much for your kind words. To enable it you just need to select the "pay via Swisscom bill" option that appears on screen or in case you were using CB select "other payment method".

      • Bluewall

        It was so simple I'm a bit ashamed of asking :D

        Thanks again ! Very cool ;)

    • Gerrit

      Hey Bluewall

      Thanks for your comment :-)

      You can find a step-by-step guide for enabling DCB on your Android device here: http://www.swisscom.ch/en/residential/help/loesung/carrier-billing.html

      • Bluewall

        Kind of obvious, guess I was a bit tired yesterday :D

        Thank you !