Sprint Carrier Billing

First T-Mobile, then AT&T, and now Sprint's rolling out the ability to charge Android Market purchases to your Sprint bill. Simple as that. Our pal Steve sent us the screen shot you see above, and "Bill my Sprint account" is listed plain as day.

And Steve's not alone. We've got the memo that's been making the rounds after the break, and it look like carrier billing should be up for everyone in the next couple of days. So if you've been longing to charge your Android apps to your Sprint account, join us in a hearty "Huzzah!" Thanks, Steve and Mek!

Update: And Google just made it official.

Starting 4/7/11, Sprint Consumer and Individual Liable (IL) customers who
have the ability to purchase third party content through the Google (Android)
Marketplace will be provided the option to bill their purchase directly to
their Sprint Invoice, also referred to as carrier billing.

Rollout of Android Marketplace carrier billing will be staggered between
4/7/11 and 4/14/11.

Corporate Liable (CL) customers will be systematically opted out of the
program.

Customers who “opted out” for content purchases will be presented with
the option to bill to account but will not be able to successfully purchase
using this payment option.

Consumer and IL customers can change their premium content opt in/out status
via sprint.com or by calling Customer Care.
Bill to Sprint invoice is not available on the HTC Hero or Samsung Moment.

There is no change to how customers access, manage or request refunds for
Android Marketplace purchases. Customers will continue to contact Google or
the 3rd party content provider for refunds and support of the application.

Customers receive an email with each purchase providing the contact
information for support of purchases.

The line charge on the invoice will be the total amount and Sprint will not
incorporate additional taxes.

Charges will typically appear on the next bill cycle and will appear in the
premium content section with an Android Market notation.
Account Spending Limit balances will apply for ASL customers as purchases
will count as part of their spending limit.

 

Reader comments

Sprint rolling out carrier billing -- charge your Android apps to your Sprint account

13 Comments

Title should be "Kids, Charge your Apps to your parents bill. Get all you can in one month so that when they freak out on you, you got everything you need"

This is great for alot of people. I found Google checkout easy to set up and use so carrier billing has nothing to offer me but for some people its a nice option to have. A side benefit of having Google checkout OS when buying from the Android Central Store you can use Google checkout which makes it much easier.

Also, Google will give you your money back if you cancel quickly, no questions asked. If this is anything like T-mob and the Sidekick way back in the day, the carriers are going to make people jump through hoops for refunds on apps that just suck. Keep an eye out for the lawsuits.

I had the option to bill to my sprint account when purchasing chromemarks, but that option was not available for titanium backup pro.

I wonder why Sprint even bothers to do this? How does it benefit them? Do they get a cut if users bill to their Sprint account?

The only thing that I see that this changes is that, as "I_Am_Incredible" so astutely put it in one of the comments above, kids can bill their purchases to their parents' Sprint account now.

How so? Did you read the article? It says: "Corporate Liable (CL) customers will be systematically opted out of the
program."

Therefore corporate plans are not eligible for this option. Even though it will be presented as an option if it is selected the purchase will not complete.

As long as the account holder can opt in/out any of their numbers, this is GREAT NEWS. And it is about time!