Google teams up with Airtel and Vodafone to offer carrier billing on Play Store in India

After having teamed up with Idea to offer carrier billing on Play Store in India back in May last year, Google has now extended carrier billing to Airtel and Vodafone users as well in the country.


Idea users were the first in the country to enjoy carrier billing service, however, with the service now being rolled out to the users of Airtel and Vodafone, more people will be able to make purchases from the Google Play Store without needing a credit/debit card as Airtel and Vodafone are two of the major telecom operators in India.

With carrier billing, users don’t need a credit/debit card to make purchases from the Play Store, the amount will be deducted from the available balance (of prepaid users) or will be added in the monthly bill (of postpaid users). This is very useful, especially in a country like India where the penetration of credit/debit cards is still on a lower side.

Having said that, even though Airtel and Vodafone users can now make use of carrier billing, the Google Play support page only shows Idea as the official carrier supporting carrier billing in India. Also, while this feature is only being rolled out for Airtel and Vodafone users since last weekend, we did spot the option of carrier billing on our Vodafone prepaid connection two weeks ago, however, that option disappeared immediately after we reopened the Play Store.

With that being said, if you are a Vodafone, Idea or Airtel user, will you be using the carrier billing method to make payments for your purchases on the Play Store, or will you use credit/debit card to make the payment? Do let us know what you think in the comments below.