TelecomPaper reports that Nokia has managed to secure carrier billing for their Windows Phone handsets on Vodacom’s network in South Africa.
This means Lumia owners will be able to purchase applications, games and music without having to have a credit or debit card. The costs will be automatically accrued as part of their monthly bill for contract customers or deducted from their pre-paid airtime credit.
The improvement opens up Windows Phone ownership to a large number of users who would previously not have been able to purchase apps and games. The change brings Windows Phone users in parity with Blackberry and Android users, who became supported in June 2012.
Microsoft recently claimed South Africa as one market where Windows Phone was outselling the iPhone, and have also said the OS has gained 10% market share in the subcontinent.