Rogers rolls out Google Play carrier billing for Android users

Rogers was the first carrier in Canada to support Play Store gift card redemption earlier this year, and is now claiming the same for Android-based carrier billing.

The provider already supports carrier billing on BlackBerry and Windows Phone, but Google’s APIs were more recently introduced and are taking time to catch on. Carrier billing refers to the ability to pay for an app, in-app purchase, movie, magazine or book using your Rogers account, having it show up on your next bill.

In an email to us Rogers says it’s rolling out to select customers now, and will soon reach all Android users.

“Today, Rogers is beginning to roll out carrier billing to the Google Play store to a select amount of Rogers customers. Customers will be able to access this as an alternative payment option when making a payment in Google Play. We expect this service to be available to all customers in the coming weeks.

There is no word on whether other carriers like Bell or TELUS will follow suit. Rogers customers will still need to enter their Google account passwords before making purchases, ensuring unauthorized access without a credit card is still difficult.