Google Play Store Gets PayPal Support, Carrier Billing Expanded To Three More Countries

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:

Country Carriers Currency
Australia Optus, Telstra AUD
Austria 3, A1 EUR
Belgium Mobistar EUR
Canada Rogers/Fido, Bell Canada CAD
Czech Republic T-Mobile CZK
Germany E-Plus, T-Mobile International, o2 EUR
France SFR, Bouygues, Orange EUR
Hong Kong 3 HKD
Ireland 3, O2 EUR
Italy Wind Italy EUR
Japan Docomo, KDDI, Softbank JPY
Netherlands KPN, T-Mobile International EUR
Norway Telenor NOK
Poland Play PLN
Russia Beeline, Megafon RUB
Singapore SingTel, StarHub SGD
Spain Movistar, Orange EUR
Sweden 3, Tele2, Telenor SE SEK
Switzerland Swisscom CHF
UK T-Mobile International GBP
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.

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