Google play has now added carrier billing for India’s top two telecom operators Airtel and Vodafone India. Do note that currently, only post-paid subscribers of these two telecom providers can make use of the carrier billing. The carrier billing option was launched in India for Idea Cellular subscribers. For those new to carrier billing on Google Play Store the billing option allows you to pay for the contents from your main phone balance for prepaid customers or added to your monthly phone bill for post-paid customers.
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Carrier billing payment basically allows you to buy apps, music, books and movies from the Google Play Store and the cost is reflected in the user’s mobile post-paid bill. This feature has been available on iOS and Apple in a number of countries however this feature was finally brought to India this year. For example, when you buy an app, you’ll see the charge on your carrier account after 15 minutes.
Carrier Billing on Google Play is actually a very simple process. While making a purchase of an app or any content on Google Play Store the customer can choose their telecom operator to pay the bill. In addition to the listed price there will be some convenience fee added by the telecom operator.
We have checked and can confirm that there is indeed an option for carrier billing under the ‘Add a new payment’ option. However it requires an SMS authorisation which doesn’t seem to be working as of yet. According to the Google support page the accepted payment methods still lists Idea as the direct billing carrier in India. This means that support for Airtel and Vodafone is currently underway and will be enabled in the coming few days.
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The whole process of carrier billing is simple and one need not worry about sharing their Credit or Debit Card. One can buy any content from Google Play like apps, games, movies, tv shows, books, magazine subscription and music. The payment option also works with in-app purchases.
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