Ooredoo launches direct carrier billing with Google
Ooredoo announced today the launch of direct carrier billing service with Google, to make it easier for Android users to purchase apps, games, and digital content on their devices.
With the introduction of Direct Carrier Billing with Google, customers can now perform any online purchase transaction through the Google Play Store by paying for their purchases via their mobile phone balance without the need of using their credit cards.
Direct Carrier Billing allows users of select mobile operators to pay for digital content on Google Play by billing purchases to their mobile accounts; postpaid or prepaid. Once the payment option is set up, customers will be able to charge app and content purchases from the Play Store directly to their mobile accounts.
Sharing further details of the exciting new service, Ooredoo’s Director of Digital Marketing & New Business, Prince Thomas, explained: “Removing the need to share personal details online, Direct Carrier Billing, or ‘Pay by Ooredoo’ is a safe and secure method for making digital transactions on mobile devices. What’s more, thanks to this new facility, customers who do not have a credit card will soon be able to shop the fantastic selection available in the Google Play Store, allowing them to keep up with the latest online trends in entertainment, education, lifestyle and business.”
Thomas added: “We are delighted to be the first to bring Direct Carrier Billing to Google Play for customers in Oman, giving them access to a wide variety of services. With ‘Pay by Ooredoo’, customers can make in-app purchases and as well buy paid apps by simply using their mobile phone credit.”
The Google Play store is the official application store for Android smartphones and tablets. Google makes software applications, music, movies and books available for purchase and download through the store. The Google Play store, which comes pre-installed on Android devices, allows users to purchase, download and install applications from Google and third-party developers.
To find out more about ‘Pay by Ooredoo’, go to www.ooredoo.om, contact the Ooredoo Contact Centre on 1500, or enquire in any of the 41 Ooredoo stores located across the Sultanate.
Omani Qatari Telecommunications Company SAOG (“Ooredoo”) was founded and registered in the Sultanate of Oman in December 2004. It launched its service in March 2005 as the challenger mobile operator in Oman, originally operating under the name Nawras. The Company was awarded the second fixed licence in Oman in 2009, and launched its international gateway in April 2010, its corporate fixed and broadband services in May 2010, and its residential fixed and broadband services in June 2010. Since 2010, Ooredoo has been an integrated services telecommunications operator and is currently serving over 2 million customers across the Sultanate. Following a successful IPO on 1 November 2010, Ooredoo is listed on the Muscat Stock Market (MSM) under the “ORDS” ticker. Ooredoo is majority owned by Ooredoo Q.S.C. and also has a number of significant Omani shareholders which ensures that the company is strongly integrated into the Omani society. Ooredoo has won a number of awards including Jury’s Distinction Award for Customer Service Excellence in the telecom sector 2013, Leading Telecommunications Company at the Arab Achievement Awards 2013, Best Operator Network at the Telecoms World Middle East 2013 Awards, a number of awards for their outstanding campaigns at the Dubai Lynx Awards in February 2014 and the CommsMEA award for Middle East Mobile Operator of the Year 2015.
About Ooredoo Group
Ooredoo is a leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. As a community-focused company, Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people’s lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential. Ooredoo has a presence in markets such as Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, the Maldives, Myanmar and Indonesia. The company was named “Most Innovative Company of the Year – MEA Region” at the 2015 International Business Awards.
The company reported revenues of USD 8.8 billion in 2015 and had a consolidated global customer base of 117 million customers as of 31 December 2015. Ooredoo’s shares are listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.