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Google Play Carrier Billing Coming to Verizon October 18

According to sources of ours, Verizon is planning to allow for Google Play carrier billing on October 18. Once live, users will be able to spend up to $25 per phone in the Google Play store and charge it to their Verizon account. Buying apps, music, and movies doesn’t get any simpler than this.

We are assuming the $25 fee is either a one-time transaction fee limit or a monthly limit rather than a life time limit. Basically, that means that you can’t buy a Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 7 and charge it directly to your VZW account.

Still, you have to be excited for this news. Long have we been jealous of AT&T customers and those from other carriers that have allowed for carrier billing.

  • dam it!. why would verizon do this. My family is already paying hella and now this. As much i would try the 4g LTE i am so switching.

    • kennyidaho

      What? Their not forcing you to buy $25 worth of apps a month, just giving you the option to pay for $25 worth of apps via your Verizon bill.

  • spunker88

    Any way to block this? I keep my CC off my Google account so others can’t buy apps on my phone, since the PIN on Google Play is useless (clear app data).

  • Cuter_Techie

    Why in the world would they put such an EXTREMELY small limit of $25 on this feature?

    Do I also get a Visa card that will max out at a $7 credit limit????

  • VinMessina

    The last thing I want is to add anything to my monthly Verizon bill. Pretty soon that thing will be more than my car payment.

  • brad1505

    No thanks.

  • ” Long have we been jealous of AT&T customers and those from other carriers that have allowed for carrier billing.”

    Have we, really? This line seems pretty Apple-esc by telling me this is the next big thing I need. :]

    Edit: Though I do agree with the comments left by yourself and MR E figuring this is geared toward parents to limit their child’s spending. Especially with in App purchases.

  • Well it’s about damn time!

  • Trueblue711

    Anyone else wondering how much of the cut Verizon is getting? I hope Google didn’t cave to something rediculous.

  • It’s only up to $25 that you can add onto your Verizon bill. If you can’t afford $25 more, thank you shouldn’t be buying the app/movie/song in the first place. I think it’s a great idea…

  • avinyc

    if you buy directly through the google play store with a credit card, they don’t charge tax. I’m sure tax will be calculated on your verizon bill with google play purchases. Seems dumb to me…

  • ToddAwesome

    Non story.

  • JagoX

    Excited? Why so I get to see one giant bill on my monthly statement from VZW? Sorry but I’d rather pay for each app as it comes in…it’s not like it costs me anything extra anyways

  • Michael_NM

    I would much rather VZW let me use GWallet.

  • Booyah

    I assume this is essentially for kids who don’t have access to a credit card? Don’t see any other real benefit.

    • sk3litor

      Or for people who don’t feel comfortable putting their credit card online or people who rarely buy apps and figure its easier to just throw it on the bill

  • Mark Lewis

    Here’s hoping this was Google’s bargaining chip to get another Nexus phone on Verizon. Droid Nexus, anyone?

  • schoat333

    I’ll pass. My VZW bill is already high enough. I definitely won’t be adding anything to it.

    • John

      That’s what I’m sayin. I guess it’s cool to have the option, but that’s a big ‘F no’ on ever using it.

    • danofiveo

      Same here.

    • ddd

      Why does it make a difference who it goes through?

    • FknTwizted

      I know this is going to sound like I’m picking on you cause i am is the fact whether you pay at the play store, buy a prepaid card at store, use a credit card, or “put it on your vzw bill” your still paying $x.xx.

  • bakdroid

    BUT….BUT…..That means that I can’t get the TOMTOM app and charge it to my Verizon account….. 🙁

    • Michael_NM

      No, but you can still buy Sleazy Navigator.

  • Call me when Verizon officially supports Wallet on all of their NFC capable phones.

  • shdowman

    Finally! Now curious if we get taxed on those purchases through VZW. If so, makes more sense to use CC (if you have one). I foresee a lot of angry parents….

    • JoshGroff

      They could always block purchases by line.

      • michael arazan

        That usually happens after the fact though

        • JoshGroff

          That’s true, but at least there’s also that $25 cap so you don’t have to worry about it too much.

    • FknTwizted

      unless you buy in a state that doesn’t have sales tax your still paying tax or interest on all of these purchases.

  • How great would that be. Buy a Nexus phone from Google at full price and stick to Big Red at the same time.

  • So is the main benefit here for people that don’t/can’t use a credit card for the Play store? To be honest, I think I’d much rather pay for things with my Wallet account/credit card than involve Verizon in the transaction.

    • I think so, especially kids.

      • Gotcha. I guess that $25 limit is probably a good thing ’til those kids learn the value of a dollar… and to stay off the dang lawn

        • michael arazan

          About to see iap’s go up in the games in the playstore. Of course parents only learn about this after their kids have done it.

  • About time.