T-Mobile’s Carrier Billing Offers Alternative for Paid Apps

tmoblackT-Mobile started pushing out an update to the Android Market which allows customers to choose their billing method for paid applications.  Rather than using Google Checkout, users can opt to have these costs added to their T-Mobile account.

If you are a T-Mobile customer, you can expect to get your update sometime between now and the end of the month.  Don’t look for any specific notifications on your phone though, this ‘invisible’ update only applies to the Market and not Android as a whole.  You’ll have to log in and attempt to purchase an app to find out if you’re updated.  As of right now, only US currency is supported in the new carrier billing but Google and T-Mobile have committed to a work around to convert Pounds and Euros into US Dollars.  Sprint is expected to offer a similar service for their Android handsets in the future.

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  1. keef_
    December 11, 18:15 Reply

    At last, I am fed up with buying apps and then paying my bank 2 of 3 times the amount to my bank as a currency exchange fee.

  2. elvis
    December 11, 21:31 Reply

    I need the 1.6 update for my cliq…anyone here any rumors on when it will be released????

  3. Guest
    December 11, 23:13 Reply

    So now will Tmobile charge sales tax and fees on top of the app price?

    • Streets Of Boston
      December 12, 01:51 Reply

      I don't think so, but I'm not sure either.

      You already pay taxes if the application's developer has set his/her Google Checkout account up to charge taxes. E.g. I'm in Massachusetts (MA) and I charge 6.25% for my customers in MA.

      The developer already pays the fee. 30% of the proceeds go to the carriers (and google?)

      That's why i think you won't be charged any fees and any more taxes than that you currently are charged for.

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