Apple Expands Availability of Carrier Billing and Lane Guidance in Maps

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has expanded carrier billing to TIM in Italy, Bite in Latvia and Lithuania, U Mobile in Malaysia, Singtel and StarHub in Singapore, Sunrise in Switzerland, and O2 in the UK, according to an updated support document.


    The payment method enables customers to make purchases in the iTunes Store, App Store, and Apple Books, and pay for an Apple Music subscription, without needing to link a debit or credit card to their Apple ID account. Instead, purchases are added to a customer's phone bill, and paid in full when due.

    The payment method is already offered by select carriers in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Italy, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, and the UK.

    Meanwhile, Apple Maps lane guidance has expanded to Croatia and Slovenia, according to Apple's updated iOS Feature Availability page.


    While navigating with Apple Maps via iPhone or CarPlay in those countries, a set of directional arrows will now appear at the top of the screen that indicate which lane your vehicle should be in to exit a freeway or complete a turn.

    Apple Maps lane guidance debuted in the United States and China in iOS 11. The feature has since expanded to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

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  2. Muero macrumors newbie


    Sep 20, 2016
    More important than lane guidance availability is lane guidance accuracy.
  3. mistasopz macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2006
    The visibility will be so great to see that it’s trying to take you the wrong way. Oh well, I bet the dozen people that still use Apple Maps will appreciate it.
  4. coolfactor macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    I find Lane Guidance absolutely invaluable when navigating our complex city roadways. To know which lane to be in makes all the difference in the world.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 29, 2018 ---
    We use Google Maps and Apple Maps almost equally. I prefer Apple Maps, whereas my wife prefers Google Maps. But Google Maps has had this nasty habit of going silent or giving spoken instructions way too late! Apple Maps never has that problem.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 29, 2018 ---
    Lane Guidance has been perfect for us in Vancouver, BC Canada.

    I particularly like how Maps is aware of construction ahead and how lanes are ending, even when temporarily closed during construction. It's almost magical!
  5. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Apple Maps is much better than you say it is.

    Yup, especially when you can't read the sign next to the road due to poor visibility

    Apple Maps is better guiding you around construction, dare I say, Google isn't even aware of construction quite a few times while Apple had them right.
  6. larrylaffer macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Are you implying it's not accurate for you? In the last month I've used Apple Maps in CarPlay in parts of Colorado, and up and down California, and it hasn't been wrong once.
  7. FelixDerKater, Jun 30, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2018

    FelixDerKater Contributor


    Apr 12, 2002
    Nirgendwo in Amerika
    Cue Verizon tacking on phony App Store purchases.

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