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US Customers To Pay For Android Apps Via Phone Bill

Google is set to enable US customers of its Android Market to pay for apps through their monthly phone bill.

The search giant announced changes to its Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement (DDA) that will introduce new methods of payment for buying applications, technology news website Softpedia has reported.

Writing on the Android blog last week, Tim Bray wrote: “Please note that we have updated the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement (DDA). This is in preparation for some work we're doing on introducing new payment options, which we think developers will like.”

He added: "In the spirit of transparency, we wanted to highlight the changes:

- In Section 13.1, “authorised carriers” have been added as an indemnified party.

- Section 13.2 is new in its entirety, covering indemnity for payment processors for claims related to tax accrual."

The “authorised carriers” option will enable users to buy an application and pay for it through carrier billing.

The new payment option is expected to be made available by August and Google has offered its existing publishers "30 days to sign into the Android Market developer console to accept the new terms."

Currently, only T-Mobile USA has agreed to the changes.