By Stephen Schenck | May 2, 2012 5:01 PM
Android has offered carrier-based billing for some time now, letting you purchase apps without using a credit card tied to your Google account. Over the years, it’s brought the feature to users on more and more carriers around the globe. That trend of extending access to the service continues today, not with the addition of another carrier, but by increasing the scope of just what you can purchase through carrier billing.
Access to these new abilities is restricted by region and carrier, but if you’re in the US or Japan, you may find that you can now bill all sorts of purchases made in the Google Play store through your cellular provider. T-Mobile subscribers in the US get the broadest access, covering all digital content Google sells. The selection is just a bit slimmer in Japan, with only movies covered in addition to apps. According to Google, Sprint will soon join T-Mobile in the States with the same sort of expanded access.
Obviously, this is good news to users who would rather not pay by credit for whatever reason, but are the rest of you happy to see it arrive? Would having all your phone-related expenses on one bill simplify your life, or are you quite content with the way things are now?