Buy Windows apps with your Vodacom account

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Nokia and Vodacom have announced that users with Lumia Windows Phone devices will be able to pay for app purchases using their Vodacom accounts.

Carrier billing isn’t new – in fact, Nokia’s had this since Symbian – but of the current smartphone platforms in South Africa, Nokia’s Windows Phone devices now have a unique advantage. Credit cards are the de facto payment solution on virtual marketplaces, but some people don’t have a card, or are simply wary of using their card online. For those, carrier billing takes away the risk or inconvenience of not having a credit card. Simply purchase apps you want and the total will be added to your bill.

With app prices hovering at between R8 and R56, it does present a new opportunity for bill shock. The next time you get a mobile phone bill that’s twice the normal amount, just review your Angry Birds habits.

Vodacom’s carrier billing for Lumia phones will work on devices running Windows Phone 7.5, 7.8, and the current generation Windows Phone 8.

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Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.