Microsoft Brings Carrier Billing to Xbox One

Posted on October 31, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Xbox, Xbox One with 4 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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    jr.flynn Alpha Member #424 - 2 months ago

    I am honestly surprised carrier billing isn't something the EU forbids. Thinking back to the giant settlements in recent years in the US, carrier billing for third party services was a significant issue that ended up causing several class-action suits.

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      maethorechannen Alpha Member #377 - 2 months ago
      In reply to jr.flynn:

      There's consumer protection legislation in the EU that should prevent telcos from cramming. I guess a company could try to break the law, but the Commission would probably take a very, very dim view if they tried.

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      evox81 Alpha Member #1939 - 2 months ago
      In reply to jr.flynn:

      Agreed... I'm guessing we'll see American carriers be a little gun shy with something like this, for the reason you've cited.