The U.S. carriers have had an arrangement for quite a while to allow purchases from Google Play to be billed with their monthly carrier statement, rather than have them go directly to a credit card. This same option is now being made available to our Canadian friends on their Bell Mobility monthly bill, as long as their device is Android 2.2 or higher – and we hope that everybody is way past Froyo by now.
For security, of course, you will still have to enter your password before making a purchase. Bell is capping the monthly allowance at $25 per month to further ensure your protection from somebody running up a huge bill on your behalf. The charge will show up as 'Google Play (play.google.com).' A tip received by Mobilsyrup details it like this:
"From the first purchase made to 30 days afterwards up to $25 can be billed to an account, any purchases exceeding this amount will not be completed with this payment method and the customer will be prompted to select another payment method."
Google wants to make it as easy as possible to buy things from their Google Play Store – apps, games, music, or movies. However, some customers do not want to use their bank credit card on the internet and take the chance of exposing their card to network hackers. Use of Google Play gifts cards and credits do away with your need for the pesky credit card, but having the charges billed directly to your monthly carrier bill is another way to handle the charges. By allowing Bell customers to charge up to $25 a month to their carrier billing is a nice addition.
Google has even been negotiating with Verizon to accept the $9.99 monthly fee for their Google Play Music All Access (could they make the name any longer). Now that Bell is accepting normal Google play purchases, they may move on to allowing their users to charge the Music All Access to their monthly bill as well.
Please let us know on our Google+ Page if you are happy about the new, convenient way to bill your Google Play purchases or would you rather not have them go to your Bell carrier's bill.