Ovi Store won’t support US carrier billing; thank goodness!

Nokia logoIn the past Nokia said that the US was one of the countries that would support carrier billing in the Ovi store. According to a Reuters article Nokia said on Tuesday that operator billing would not be available in the US. While the Reuters writer stated this was a setback for the US market, I am not really sure about that. There are currently very few Nokia devices sold through US carriers with almost all of the higher end Eseries and Nseries devices being sold as SIM-unlocked models. Thus, the impact of carrier billing really should be minor.

I purchase applications on my iPhone through iTunes and a credit card, on my G1 through Google Checkout and a credit card, and on other devices directly through the developer websites. While carrier billing may be more convenient at times, if a credit card is on file in your Ovi account it can be just as easy and maybe even more manageable. How often have you had messed up carrier bills? Now add on a whole other level of application purchases and you can see how you may be spending time arguing with your carrier each month to get bill corrections made.

I prefer to have my applications billed to my more reliable credit card company than my carrier, how about you?

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16 Comments to Ovi Store won’t support US carrier billing; thank goodness!

Ricky Cadden
April 29, 2009

definitely a valid point.

Architengi
April 29, 2009

It depends on what was that carrier. It seems to have been a small carrier on 5 states. Even so, if for Nokia it was a way to get more contracts through that carrier (we know the low penetration of US market on carriers for Nokia), it is a loss.
Some people might want the convenience to have all the tunes (music downloads), other apps done simply on the carrier bill without involving extra steps required to validate the credit card on file for each download.
The point you make is valid, but overall for Nokia and US market it is a loss. Not big, because the operator was not that big (or it was? what was the name of the operator and how many subscribers?)

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Brad Barbaza
April 29, 2009

With iTunes just celebrating its billionth download, it’s hard to argue that carrier billing is the model everyone should copy in the US.

I purchased my own phone, but the service is provided by my company. With my Razr, all purchases appeared on my company account, so I never did it.. With the E71, I can buy what I want as long as I pay for it…

I agree that this is not a big deal, namely as carrier billing is about as obscure as the concept of unlocked devices in the US!

I think with proper promotion, the Ovi Store will be successful.

mp/m

ME
April 30, 2009

Any idea if PayPal or Google Checkout will be accepted?

ARJWright
April 30, 2009

I think it would have been good if it did support carrier billing – just not mandated carrier billing only.

If in setting up one’s Ovi profile they could set a credit, debit, PayPal/GCheckout, or Carrier billing destination, that would be great for all and keep things simplifed for customers.

Kevin Neely
April 30, 2009

Agree with @ARJW. Choice is always a good thing, as is ease of use for non-Nokia Experts.

Personally, I’d like to be able to feed it my paypal account and forget about it. Bring on the Ovi store!

Timothy Blaney
May 1, 2009

I would prefer non-carrier billing but the one downside I could see to this is, if Nokia allowed carrier billing and cut them a small percentage of total sales from Ovi it would entice the carriers to promote more Nokia phones in their U.S. lineup. Nokia needs to sell more phones here.

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Ryan
November 18, 2009

Can anyone tell me where Ovi is supported by carrier billing?


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