Microsoft Brings Carrier Billing to Xbox One

Posted on October 31, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Games, Xbox One with 3 Comments

Microsoft Brings Carrier Billing to Xbox One

Already a staple in the mobile devices world, carrier billing lets you add app and content charges directly to your wireless bill. And now it’s coming to Xbox One.

Or, it is if you live in certain countries and are a customer of certain mobile carriers.

“Operator Billing, it’s one of the most popular payment methods around the world because it doesn’t require a credit card,” Microsoft’s Will Tuttle explains. “We offer Mobile Operator Billing on Xbox to make buying your next favorite game easier and safer than ever.”

Well, now they do: Microsoft offers carrier billing on the following carriers in the following countries:

Finland. DNA and Elisa
Germany. O2
Hungary. Telenor
Norway. Telenor
Russia. Beeline
Sweden. Telenor
Switzerland. Swisscom
UK. O2

If you live in one of these countries and use a partnering wireless carrier, you can add carrier billing as a payment method the next time you make a purchase from the console: Just choose “Buy,” “Add a new payment method,” and then “Mobile phone.” You can also do this from the Xbox app on Windows 10, Android, or iOS.

Not on the list? Microsoft says it will be adding more carrier partners “in the future.”


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3 responses to “Microsoft Brings Carrier Billing to Xbox One”

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    In reply to jr.flynn:

    Much of the litigation issues in the US over carrier billing were a result of premium SMS based payments rather than the current direct carrier billing. Premium SMS payments could be easily processed by simply sending a text message without direct communication of the price or terms or active approval of the customer. Today's direct carrier billing, as used by Microsoft for Xbox, presents a clear price with terms along with a buy button that the customer can click to confirm. It works exactly the same as payment with a credit card or PayPal - albeit without the complexity of entering long card numbers or signing up to payment companies. Much of these carrier billed payments go through the same robust platform as used by Google, Samsung, Amazon and others.