Apple customers in Singapore, Italy and Austria can now make their app and media purchases on the company's content stores (including Apple Music subscriptions), and get those transactions billed directly to their carrier-generated monthly mobile phone bills. The new carrier billing service has now been extended to select carriers such as Drei in Austria, M1 Limited in Singapore and Three in Italy.
All the privileged users with access to carrier billing service can now pay up for all their purchases on iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store and Apple Music membership fees via mobile phone billing as part of cashless digital transactions.
Here is the complete list of select carriers in countries across the world where carrier billing service is now enabled:
- Austria (Drei)
- Belgium (Base)
- Germany (O2 and partner brands, Vodafone)
- Italy (Three)
- Japan (KDDI, Softbank)
- Norway (Telenor)
- Russia (Beeline, Megafon)
- Saudi Arabai (Zain)
- Singapore (M1 Limited)
- Switzerland (Swisscom)
- Taiwan (APTG, FET, Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, T Star)
- United Arab Emirates (Etisalat, Du)
Here's how to set up carrier billing as a payment method for all app and content purchases including App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store and Apple Music across all your devices:
Steps to set up carrier billing on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch
Step 1: Open iTunes Store or App Store on your iOS device.
Step 2: Hit the Featured button in the toolbar and then scroll down to the bottom of the screen.
Step 3: Select your Apple ID. If are not logged in, just choose the Log In option and enter your Apple ID. You can then select View Apple ID and input the password if necessary.
Step 4: Now tap on Payment information to access the Mobile Phone option under various payment related options. If this option is inaccessible then it means carrier billing is unavailable in your region.
Step 5: Finally, you can decide to use the existing contact number or manually select a different number for making your payment. If you choose existing number, Apple will automatically verify your number with your carrier to verify your eligibility for carrier billing service.
Step 6: Alternatively, you may choose to enter a different mobile phone number that you want to be billed to and then enter the One Time Password (OTP) sent to your phone via SMS. Finally, tap Verify to check the validity of the OTP code.
Steps to set up carrier billing on your Mac or Windows PC
Step 1: Launch iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC
Step 2: Click on your account name and then choose Account Info via the pop-up menu. If you are logged out, just click the Sign In option in the iTunes search field at the top left and then input your Apple ID and password.
Step 3: You will be redirected to your account info page. Just click Edit to the right hand side of Payment Type.
Step 4: Now choose Mobile Phone option and if it is inaccessible then it means carrier billing is not yet available in your region.
Step 5: Alternatively, you can manually enter the phone number for the device connected to the carrier plan which you want to be billed to and then click Send Code.
Step 6: An OTP authorisation code will be sent to your phone via SMS. Just enter the OTP code when prompted to complete setting up your payment method via carrier billing service. If you didn't receive the code, just hit Resend Code and finally click Verify to complete the process.