Google has added direct carrier billing payment method on Google Play Store for Airtel and Vodafone postpaid users in India. Google announced this at the Google Playtime event in October last year. Though this is currently available only for postpaid users, plans are underway to support prepaid users soon. Earlier this payment method was available only for Idea subscribers.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
What direct carrier billing means is that one can directly make an inapp purchase through direct carrier billing method and the charged amount will be added to the carrier’s balance account for postpaid customers while it will be directly charged from mobile balance for prepaid users. In addition to this some convenience fees may be charged by the carriers.
Unlike most of the other parts of the world, very low percentage of people use debit/credit cards and among those who use most of them are not comfortable in making online transactions. Buying Apps, movies, music and books is bound to become easier using this new form of payment.
OTHER PAYMENT METHODS
In India, apart from this form of payment Google Play Store supports payment through credit or debit cards, Netbanking and by code redemption (Gift cards & Promotional codes). The new addition will definitely help in making payment process more smooth thus enriching user experience.
HOW TO USE IT?
Adding this payment method is very easy. To select carrier billing method as your preferred mode of payment goto Google PlayStore and select Account from the left scrollable menu, then tap on Payment methods and choose between ‘Use Airtel billing’ or ‘Use Vodafone billing’. After SMS verification you need to save this payment method.
WHY ISN’T IT SHOWING UP ON YOUR DEVICE?
This new feature is still in some sort of beta testing stage since Google Play Store still doesnot lists Airtel and Vodafone as there supported carriers. Currently it is only available to some users and slowly rolling out for others.