The Google Play Store is getting (back?) PayPal support for payments, allowing you to buy apps and games using your PayPal account. In addition to that, Google is also expanding carrier billing, adding seven more countries today to the roster.
A lot of people still don’t have a credit card, or a debit card if you are to include a lot of developing countries, so it makes sense for Google to add as many alternative modes of payment as it can. While there may not be a lot of PayPal users in such countries, Google does admit that Carrier billing remains a popular payment method, highlighting a point I’ve been making for some time now.
Additionally, Google says that the carrier billing method supports over half the Android users. Here’s the list of all countries supported for carrier billing, along with the carriers and the currency:
|Canada||Rogers/Fido, Bell Canada||CAD|
|Germany||E-Plus, T-Mobile International, o2||EUR|
|France||SFR, Bouygues, Orange||EUR|
|Japan||Docomo, KDDI, Softbank||JPY|
|Korea||KT, SKT, LGU+||KRW|
|Netherlands||KPN, T-Mobile International||EUR|
|Sweden||3, Tele2, Telenor SE||SEK|
|US||AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon||USD|
PayPal support has only just been added, and for now, there are twelve countries that benefit from this: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United States, United Kingdom. More countries will be added soon, hopefully.