Google Play Store

Good news for folks in Australia using Optus as their carrier of choice, you can now turn on carrier billing for the Google Play Store. Following on from rival, Telstra, which added the service some time ago, after a one time setup Optus customers can now charge Google Play purchases to their account.

We're making it hassle-free for our Android customers – there's no need to store a credit card or worry about paying multiple bills – so they don't have to waste time before starting their next game of Angry Birds or buying extra lives in Candy Crush Saga.

"We're helping prevent bill shock by giving customers control to set up spend limits or add a pin for more security. Plus, people are protected from accidental or change of mind purchases with a 15 minute window for cancellations.

You need to enable the service in your Google Play settings and after a one-time registration you'll be good to go. It's not for everyone, but it's one less credit card to have registered somewhere.

Source: Ausdroid


Reader comments

Optus adds carrier billing for Australian Google Play Store


"It's not for everyone..."
I can see carrier billing being a hit among young teenagers whose parents won't give them credit card access. As such talk of reducing 'bill shock' is genius marketing spin on par with credit card companies invoking the image of 'freedom' while selling their products designed to enslave you.

Good to see an Aussie story though :)

posted from AC powered by DC

I would never enable carrier billing on my Google Play account. It's tough enough to keep track of what I'm spending, without not being able to go into my online banking and take a quick real-time look.

I would never enable carrier billing because Verizon does not need to know what apps I am downloading in addition to all the other information on me that they are handing to the nsa with their sweetheart deal.

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