Users in India have a couple of options when purchasing content from Google Play: credit or debit cards, gift cards, the newly added Netbanking payment method, and direct carrier billing on Idea. But more alternatives are on the way for customers of Airtel and Vodafone.
The news was actually announced in October at the Google Playtime event in India and was tweeted by attendees at the presentation. Over the past couple of weeks, users have started seeing the option pop up in their payment methods on the Play Store. We've received reports of both Airtel and Vodafone (postpaid) showing up, though the authorization SMS doesn't seem to be working just yet according to our tipsters.
The Google support page for accepted payment methods still only lists Idea as the direct billing carrier in India, so deployment to Airtel and Vodafone is probably still a work in progress. Let us know if you see the option and if it's working for you or not yet.
- Raghunath Kulkarni,