It has been a month since we first reported that Bell was allowing Google Play store billing being added directly on their customers’ monthly bill; and while that was true, it has taken this long for it to be available to all customers on Bell. Google has finally updated their “direct carrier billing” page to reflect the change and officially list Bell as a carrier participating in this program. Mobile Syrup has also reached out to Bell owned Virgin Mobile to see if the same is true for them, but were told that they, “can’t comment on any product or service before it’s officially announced or launched.” So that official brings the Google Play billing to two carriers in Canada, Rogers and Bell, with others hopefully joining the list sooner, rather than later.
It is very easy to make purchase at the Google Play store and now you can pay for Apps, Music, Books, and anything else they offer and have the charge show up on your monthly statement from your carrier – it saves you from having your credit card billed with each purchase. The instructions are simple:
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Open the Google Play Store App, Select what you would like to purchase, Touch the Price, Review any terms or conditions and accept them, Touch the Down Arrow next to the Price, Touch Payment Options, Select Bill my carrier account, and complete your purchase.
They make it so easy for us to spend our money – just remember, there is a $25 a month limitation that Bell has imposed to protect their users from fraud. Hopefully, Bell will eventually allow those customers that want the Google Play All Access, an $9.99 monthly fee, the ability to have that billed to the user’s monthly statement from their carrier.
Since Google Play has just added Bell for Canada and Orange in Spain, it brings Google’s partnership up to 21 countries, and while the U.S. has all four major carriers signed up for the service – Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, along with U.S. Cellular – most other countries are still restricted to only one or two carriers being signed up for the program.
Please let us know on our Google+ Page if you plan on taking advantage of having your Google Play purchases added to your monthly statement or if you would prefer to pay as you go with a credit card.