Windows Phone, Windows 10 for tablets, and basically whatever other kind of carrier-driven version of Windows you might have will be working with Carrier Billing soon. This means that whatever carrier your device is connected through will allow you to charge money through your account rather than through a separate credit card. This comes in most handy when you’re shopping in an app store and want to purchase an app, music, or a movie, for example – charging it to your carrier account lumps more costs into one bill.
This sort of billing has been active on some other mobile platforms for some time. Using your Android device with a carrier like AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon allows you the ability to charge items in the Google Play store to your carrier account. Similar abilities are coming to Windows devices soon.
At this time it’s not clear whether or not users will need to upgrade to Windows 10 to get this ability. It’s also not clear whether legacy devices will be able to use this ability, or if it’ll be limited to mobile data devices.
This system will be enacted soon with the launch of Windows 10 with 90 mobile operators initially.
Stay tuned as we continue to cover BUILD 2015 from California. We’ll be watching Microsoft with you all week!