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If you've been patiently waiting for carrier billing to come to your cell carrier, today might be your lucky day. Customers of Starhub in Singapore and A1 in Austria should now be able to charge app and content purchases from the the Play Store directly to their cellular accounts. A1 is the first carrier in Austria to support the feature, and Starhub is the second in Singapore.

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Carrier billing is often a popular option in Europe and Asia where credit and debit cards are less common. If a carrier supports this feature, customers can purchase apps and content from the Play Store and have the charges added to their regular service bill. Not only does this eliminate the need to keep a credit card on file, but some services will also allow account owners to set spending limits to prevent children from racking up excessive purchases.

To make a purchase on your carrier account, tap the button to buy something from the Play Store, then tap on the price and "Payment Options" (or your localized variant). At the bottom of the list is an option to Enable billing with your carrier. Happy shopping!

Source: Google Play Store support

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • http://www.baronsofbullshit.com/ seriosbrad

    Didn't even realize it was supported on Rogers, too. I set it up anyways, always nice to have a backup.

  • Krzysztof Jozwik

    Is it that hard to set this up for them? I don't see why they wouldn't want to, the carrier absorbs the credit card fees, and most people don't pay their bill by CC anyways so less fees there. More exposure. I thought they already give the carriers a cut of the money anyways.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      I imagine it's not the easiest thing to set up. Google would have to build a custom interface for every carrier, and every carrier probably requires its own server to handle communications with the users. I imagine it's complicated enough that Google has to work things out manually with each service.

      If you look at our carrier billing tag (link), it seems like a new service is adopting carrier billing about every 2-3 weeks. I'm not sure if that's good or bad, but I assume there are a limited number of people working on expanding support.

  • Emexci Life

    first today i saw play store cards in a store called "libro" and now i read i can buy just with my a1 service. good move google!

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  • Hrishikesh Bisen

    Waiting for India....

  • Arch9

    ah come on google, make carrier billing available in indonesia

    • moehre

      Everyone in Indonesia seemed to have a CC, at least the ones with a Smartphone.

  • Wilson Lim

    great news for me in Singapore :D

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  • someone755

    Damnit Google, there DO exist countries souther than Austria! Stop treating us like we barely exist!

    • SuperMarioTM

      Normaly we in austria get all the cool stuff at last.
      And A1 is the bullshit carrier Herr.

      • someone755

        Excuse me? Nothing souther than Austria (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosia etc.) has Play Books, Movies, carrier billing, the coupon things or a Play Store that sells anything other than apps (no movies, books, magazines, not even Nexus or GPe devices).
        Something is better than nothing.

  • Bluewall

    Have an A1 day !

  • Brue

    The Austrian Provider "3" also supports since today the direct carrier billing :)