Microsoft today announced that the company is bringing carrier billing to the Xbox One. A number of mobile operators around the world are adding support for carrier billing on the Xbox, including O2 and Telenor. If you are an Xbox One or Xbox One S owner, you will now be able to buy games, apps, movies, and more from the Windows Store using your phone. For instance, if you buy Forza Horizon 3 from the Windows Store using your phone number, you will have to pay for the game via your carrier.
Carrier Billing on the Xbox isn’t available on all mobile operators, however — if you live in Germany or the United Kingdom and you are an O2 customer, you will be able to use carrier billing to make payments on your Xbox. Additionally, Telenor is adding carrier billing in Sweden, Norway, and Hungry. Other carriers adding support for carrier billing include Beeline (Russia), DNA (Finland), Elisa (Finland), and Swisscom (Switzerland).
To get started with carrier billing, all you have to do is add a new payment method to your account. When you buy a game, you will be able to add a new payment method and use your mobile phone to pay for the product. Once you do that, you will get a verification code on your phone which you will need to enter on your Xbox to authorize the transaction.
Microsoft says the company is working with more partners to bring support for carrier billing to the Xbox One, so don’t fret if your carrier doesn’t support carrier billing just yet.