Oct 30 AT 2:17 PM Taylor Wimberly 12 Comments

Sprint to add carrier billing for Android Market

Sprint held their 9th annual developers conference this week and lots of Android bits are still slipping out. I previously reported that this was coming, but Sprint confirmed that they aim to add carrier billing for application purchases on all storefronts, including the Android Market. Hopefully, this will increase app purchases since customers will not be forced into signing up for a Google Checkout account. No word when this feature will become available, but more payment options is always better for the consumer.

I anticipate we will see a similar carrier billing option from T-Mobile as well.

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  • Danny

    so this mean when we want to buy app on android market it going to be on our sprint bill

    • http://www.nexsoftware.net nEx.Software

      Sounds like it. I wonder what sort of impact this will have on the whole return policy in the Android market. I assume under the hood Google Checkout might still be involved and then they simply submit the charge to Sprint after that 24 hour period passes.

  • Daniel

    Wow, this is pretty big. I really hope they bring that to other countries too.

  • George

    “Forced to use Google Checkout?” What’s wrong with Google Checkout? It rocks!

    • http://plankhead.com Zacqary Adam Green

      Agreed. I have no idea why people would have a problem with it.

    • http://Website Jan Klincewicz

      I had my Google Checkout breached once and somebody charged a few Xboxes to my account and I lost my gmail for a week. That does NOT rock !!

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  • http://Website austin

    Must suck for the billing guys at sprint. Its gonna be funny when little Johnny buys 30 games and dad sees the bill lol.

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  1. DannyGuest 6 years ago

    so this mean when we want to buy app on android market it going to be on our sprint bill

    • nEx.SoftwareGuest 6 years ago

      Sounds like it. I wonder what sort of impact this will have on the whole return policy in the Android market. I assume under the hood Google Checkout might still be involved and then they simply submit the charge to Sprint after that 24 hour period passes.

  2. DanielGuest 6 years ago

    Wow, this is pretty big. I really hope they bring that to other countries too.

  3. GeorgeGuest 6 years ago

    “Forced to use Google Checkout?” What’s wrong with Google Checkout? It rocks!

    • Zacqary Adam GreenGuest 6 years ago

      Agreed. I have no idea why people would have a problem with it.

    • Jan KlincewiczGuest 5 years ago

      I had my Google Checkout breached once and somebody charged a few Xboxes to my account and I lost my gmail for a week. That does NOT rock !!

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  8. austinGuest 4 years ago

    Must suck for the billing guys at sprint. Its gonna be funny when little Johnny buys 30 games and dad sees the bill lol.

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