Apple Expands Mobile Phone Billing to Thailand and Chile

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has expanded mobile phone billing to additional countries and carriers, according to an updated support document on its website.


    As of this week, the feature is now supported by Movistar in Chile, and dtac and AIS in Thailand. Elsewhere, Vodafone and O2 has been added to the list of supporting carriers in Netherlands and Czech Republic, respectively.

    The payment method allows Apple customers to pay for iTunes Store content, App Store apps, iBooks, and Apple Music subscriptions without needing a debit or credit card, or even a bank account. Instead, purchases are added to a customer's mobile phone bill and paid off at the end of the month.

    The payment method is already offered by select carriers in Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.

    Apple's support document explains how to set up mobile phone billing in the iTunes Store on both iPhone and iPad or Mac and PC.

    Article Link: Apple Expands Mobile Phone Billing to Thailand and Chile
  2. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    What about people who's using US store? Will Apple allows them to pay on cellular bill too or is it restricted to local store?
  3. Onexy macrumors regular


    Sep 14, 2012
    This is the ********* way of paying. It’s regularly abused.
  4. martyjmclean macrumors 6502


    Jan 24, 2018
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    I wish we had this in Australia. I see it whenever I’m in the UK and think about how neat it would be.
  5. makr macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2016
  6. Intellectua1 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2016
    Seattle, Washington
    People would be more willing to purchase apps this way as they are taking a direct or immediate hit to the pockets. At&t had this feature for Android phones but it seems to have disappeared recently.
  7. duston macrumors newbie


    Mar 26, 2009
    Anyone else remember having this... TEN years ago on their Razr? Hoping this will come to Canada.. but it won’t.
  8. whyamihere macrumors 6502


    Jun 30, 2008
    Not missing it in the US. I prefer to save money buying a discounted iTunes gift card.
  9. omglolbbq macrumors newbie


    Oct 31, 2016
    Telstra allowed you to buy from the Google Play Store with your credit for years but removed it recently so I don’t see us getting this anytime soon. At least with Telstra that is.
  10. 4jasontv, Apr 18, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2019

    4jasontv macrumors 68000

    Jul 31, 2011
    Yes, and removing the carrier from the equation was one of the best things about the App store.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 18, 2019 ---
    "I am sorry, but our system says you downloaded this program. We can't refund you if it says you downloaded it."
    "Did you unsubscribe before you deleted it? Deleting the app doesn't remove the monthly charge."
    "I don't have any notes here that you requested apps be blocked. I can lie and tell you I blocked it today but to verify it you would have to try and buy an app."
    "I am sorry, but there are no refunds on downloads. As a ONE TIME COURTESY I will credit you 50% of the cost, but in the future you will be responsible for any downloads we charge you for."
  11. ipedro macrumors 601


    Nov 30, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    I want it the other way around. I would rather pay my phone bill to Apple and have my provider be just a utility.

    Cell providers are notoriously horrible at customer service and people dread having to call them. Wouldn’t it be great if our phone bills showed up on our devices, we pay via Apple Pay and Apple remits the payment to the provider?

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