Google Play Store: Carrier Billing now Available for Vodafone & Airtel Users

The Google Play Store now supports more networks in India under carrier billing. Google first started carrier billing in India along with Idea earlier last year. This service allows users to buy apps, games, movies and books on the Play Store and the amount is directly deducted from their pre-paid accounts or is charged onto their post-paid connection.


Prior to carrier billing, the Play Store supported payment via Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Netbanking and by redeeming Google Play Store vouchers. It is also important to know that only a few Debit cards work on the store, making carrier billing a much easier option to use on the Play Store. Network operator Idea had partnered with Google to introduce carrier billing in India. And with the recent update, Airtel and Vodafone have started supporting the service.


Users can either enable carrier billing by going to the Play Store App, then Account and selecting Payment Methods. Here, users can click the Plus sign at the bottom and add Carrier billing as the option. Since I am on the Vodafone network, I see ‘Vodafone Carrier Billing’ as an option.


Alternatively, you can also directly click the buy button on the app/game you wish to purchase and select the carrier billing option. The app/game will be downloaded on your phone and the amount will be charged to you by your network provider. So if you have been apprehensive about putting up your card details, you can now go ahead and buy the app without the hassle.

Now that you can buy the app of your choice, which one would you buy? Shout out in the comment section below. 

Aditya Shenoy

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