Dec 10 AT 1:48 PM Taylor Wimberly 31 Comments

T-Mobile adds new payment options for Android Market purchases

T-Mobile told us carrier billing for Android apps was coming and we speculated it could arrive by December 11. They surprised us by quietly pushing the update out last night. Beginning December 9, T-Mobile and Google began rolling out a new Android Market update which should be complete by December 30.

We have no word if rooted phones can receive this update, but my guess is no. It is also interesting that this particular update is being pushed out invisible.

If you have receive this update, please let us know. I’m working to get my hands on some actual screens right now.

Details of the update include:

  • The Market application update will be invisible to you.  No steps are necessary to receive the update!
  • To ensure that the update is received by all users T-Mobile and Google will stagger the update.  You should expect to have the Market update by 12/30/2009.
  • Once you receive the update you will be able to purchase paid applications using your credit card or your T-Mobile account.
  • Reminder: Any applications uninstalled within 24 hours will NOT be charged to your T-Mobile account or credit card.

Frequently asked questions from the T-Mobile forums:

How do I know that I received the update?

Since the update is invisible you will not be proactively advised that you have received the update.  The easiest way to verify that you received the update is to attempt to make a purchase.  If you see the following payment options you have received the update:

Yes, please.

Yes, please.

You can also check your Android Market version using the following procedure:

  1. Access Settings.
  2. Click Applications.
  3. Click Manage Applications.
  4. Scroll to and click the Market application.
  5. Verify that the Market version is greater than 1660.

Can I get the update early?

The Market update will be released in phases with everyone receiving the update by 12/30/2009.  T-Mobile does not have the ability to deliver the update on demand.  The Market application will request an update periodically when it is launched to ensure that you have the most up to date version.  In order to guarantee that your Market application is requesting updates always close the market when you are finished using it.

Why can’t I purchase an application that’s in Euros or Pounds?

You can still purchase an application that is not in US Dollars but you need to use a credit card.  T-Mobile and Google are working on a solution to properly convert these applications into US Dollars.  Until then you can only bill applications that have a US Dollar amount to your T-Mobile account.

Screen credit: Andrew Huff

Screen credit: Andrew Huff

Source: Official T-Mobile forums

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