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Carrier Billing for Android Apps coming to All Carriers

Google’s Tim Bray, has just announced changes to the Android Developers Agreement. Section 13.1 now adds “authorized carriers” to indemnified parties, while a new section 13.2 indemnifies all payment processors from claims related to tax accrual. Both of these changes indicate that Google plans to allow all carriers to process Android App billing via the Android Market.
This option would allow customers to download apps and add them to their post paid billing via their carrier giving the user the freedom to decide whether they want to pay now via google checkout or defer to the end of the month. Carrier billing would eliminate multiple small charges every month on customers credit/debit cards if they elect to bill their market purchases to their cell phone bill. It’s unclear at this time how this would affect app developer fulfillment.

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