T-Mobile and Google are working to make it a little easier for you to spend a few bucks hear and there and not deal with the hassles of Google Checkout; the duo have teamed up to introduce carrier billing for phones with Android 1.6 or later so that users can charge their purchases to their phone bill. The move matches Microsoft’s intentions with Marketplace for Mobile, which Microsoft had promised many different ways to pay for and consume applications through OTA downloads through the company’s app store. Google’s implementation will roughly mirror what Microsoft had planned.
The carrier billing move was originally rumored to be part of Android 2.1, but may arrive as a separate update for Android 1.6 and later devices and may be subject to the approval of various carriers, of which T-Mobile may be first out the gate with this update.
As far as if current generation Android devices will get updates, it’s uncertain at this time as the Behold II from Samsung on T-Mobile and the Motola CLIQ are on 1.5. Samsung has committed, at least in its YouTube video, to giving the Behold II an Android 2.x update, but Motorola has been quiet on the matter regarding its first Android device, the CLIQ.
The update for carrier billing is expected now to be completed in January, after being delayed from a December rollout.
(via: Android and Me)