May 02 AT 3:20 PM Taylor Wimberly 15 Comments

Select Google Play users can now buy apps, music, movies, and books by carrier billing


Google has allowed carrier billing as a payment option for Android apps since 2009, but this week they expanded this service to include all types of digital content on the Google Play Store. Select customers can now purchase apps, music, movies, and books, by charging them directly to their monthly carrier bill.

T-Mobile appears to be the first US carrier to fully support all types of digital content, but we should expect to see similar options on Sprint (and hopefully AT&T). Google also specifically mentions that DoCoMo, KDDI and Softbank customers can now purchase all types of content.

Google Play currently provides direct carrier billing options in the countries listed below:

  • Germany: T-Mobile International, Vodafone
  • Italy: Vodafone
  • Japan: DoCoMo, KDDI, Softbank
  • Korea: KT, SKT, LGU+
  • Spain: Vodafone
  • UK: T-Mobile International, Vodafone
  • US: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile

It’s nice to see more payment options available, but we are still waiting on Google to support gift cards. I buy apps and other types of content all the time, and I’d spend a lot more if I could buy digital goods and share them with my friends and family.

Source: +Google Play

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  • jamal adam

    I think this is a great idea and good job to T-Mobile for getting ahead and providing it for most services.

  • Vance

    As somebody who expenses his phone bill, let me just say this is fabulous news!

    • spazby

      you get to expense content too??? generous company… mine reimburses only the monthly plan fee

  • R.S

    While it’s nice to have options, I prefer not to have my Google Play charges go through my carrier.

    By having it separate, it’s easy for me to know is my phone bill isn’t correct since it should always be the same amount.

    However, since I’m sure others prefer to just have one bill, it’s goods that Google is giving people options.

    I do agree that Google Play gift cards would be great!

  • Fábio Emilio Costa

    I’m waiting for this coming to Brazil! It would help me a lot buying apps, as I don’t have anymore international credit cards

  • Robbie

    Would love to see this come to Canada and have google release gift cards for the play store.

  • Richard Yarrell

    This was a great thing when i was on Sprint just to be able to charge a game to my bill was a great option. Now on Verizon these guys believe they are GOD and always go against the grain. No wonder there business relationship with Google directly sucks. Everyone in the tech game knows Google has a great relationship with T-mobile and Sprint. Verizon makes choices everyday that prove why they are extremely overrated.

    • squiddy20

      “Verizon makes choices everyday that prove why they are extremely overrated” And knowing that, you still signed a contract with them? Good god you are stupid, hypocritical, and delusional. You really only have yourself to blame Richard, man up and quit crying like a bitch about something you have literally no control over.

  • Nathan D.

    Sweet, that why I love being on T-Mobile they are always way more Google friendly then another carrier out there.

  • seabass978

    The more the merrier.

  • txbluesman

    I prefer this type of option. I have enjoyed it with just the purchases of apps, but now the door is opening a little wider.

  • Joel Bird

    Common Australia, get on the bandwagon! I always have phone credit that goes to waste because I’m unable to use it all. At the end of every month, I’d cash that excess credit in for apps!!

  • Billy

    I am pretty excited about this. I will hold out for the reviews but the ability to check runkeeper and control music while on a run is awesome.

  • Mike

    when will this be available to Australia????? There is great potential, but few opportunities. Come on google, help us out here mate,

  • vikas

    Wish this would come to INDIA buying wonderful apps from play store already,, this makes it easier