It looks like Direct Carrier Billing or popularly known as DCB has been activated for Airtel and Vodafone postpaid customers on Google Play Store. This means that now you can buy stuff from Google Play online and then the amount charged needs to be paid in monthly bills if you are part of aforesaid mobile networks.
In October this year, Google announced the partnership between itself and these two networks at the Google Playtime event but never set a fixed date. This was done after Google made the similar announcement with Idea network but the plan was never rolled out. It seems that India’s slowly progressing towards the cashless economy and after e-wallets like Paytm got popular and GOI launching its own wallet called BHIM, now Google Play Store too want to enter into cashless service in India as well.
If you are part of Airtel or Vodafone or both you can now buy apps, books, music and movies from Google Play Store and as we mentioned above the amount will be reflected in your mobile bills. If you are a prepaid customer of the same networks then the amount will be cut from your balance.
The official announcement is yet to be made but it has started working for many of us using those networks. If you too want to use the services then set up your carrier billing under the ‘Add new payment’ option. The entire system is easy to use and fully seamless so it is really advisable to do. You can simply choose ‘Bill my Airtel Account’ and each time your purchase will be done with ease.
You will be surprised to know that DCB is not a new thing for India at all. In 2014 Microsoft became the first company to enable it and Idea was the first carrier to do so.