All Indosat customers, starting December 16, will now be able to avail of the Google Play Store Carrier Billing service to purchase applications, content and games through their Android smartphones without need for credit or debit cards.
This was according to a press statement by the Jakarta-based provider of telecoms and networking services, claiming this service to be the first of its kind in Indonesia.
As such, the new service gives Google Play Store a much bigger customer base in Indonesia, a country where a significant number of its population still has to avail of banking services.
The press statement said all what subscribers need to do is sign in with their Google account whenever they make purchases.
When doing so for the very first time, they will also have to choose the payment option when asked, "Enable Indosat Billing."
The payment option they choose they shall use always for future purchases that follow.
The options involve deductions from a prepaid subscriber's credit balance or direct charges to a postpaid subscriber's bill.
The press statement qualified its announcement by saying all purchases will be subject to a 10% VAT over and above the Google Apps Store purchase price.
Indosat has over 54.2 million mobile subscribers using a variety of brands, but the press statement made no mention of their number who are Android smartphone users.
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