Search engine giant Google has announced that Direct Carrier Billing options for the Android Market are available through US wireless carrier Sprint.
Sprint users now have the option to be billed for the apps they purchased on the Android Market in their monthly mobile phone bills. Google said that it has already begun rolling out the Direct Carrier Billing option for Sprint Android users and that the option will be available to all Sprint user in the next few days.
“We believe that Direct Carrier Billing is a key payment option because it lets users purchase and pay for apps more easily. It’s also important because it offers a convenient way to buy in regions where credit cards are less common,” the company wrote in a post on the Android Developers blog (http://android-developers.blogspot.com/2011/04/new-carrier-billing-options-on-android.html).
The company already offers Direct Carrier Billing capabilities for Android Market users on T-Mobile USA and AT&T’s wireless network. Google has also launched DCB on Japan’s three most popular carriers, SoftBank, KDDI, and NTT DOCOMO.
“We are continuing to partner with more carriers around the world to offer carrier billing options to their subscribers.” the company added.