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Smart offers pay-with-load service for iTunes and App Store

Smart Communications has enabled a service allowing subscribers to pay iTunes and App Store content through prepaid or postpaid load on their Apple devices.

A Smart Communications executive demonstrates how the service can be availed during the media launch at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel
A Smart Communications executive demonstrates how the service can be availed during the media launch at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel

The service, dubbed ?Pay-With-Mobile,? does away with the need for a credit card account to purchase online content – – such as apps, games, books, magazines, music, and movies.

Initial rollout of the service will be on February 16, with full availability on?February 18.

Users can register to the service by texting REG 4949, after which a ?Pay-With-Mobile? number and account details will be sent.

The account number can then be used on the iTunes and App Store through the MasterCard payment option. A 15% premium, however, will be charged on top of the published rates for VAT and foreign exchange rates.

?Smart understands that not everyone owns a credit card, but that shouldn’t stop people from realizing the full potential of their mobile devices. This is why we have worked hard to bring this groundbreaking service to Filipino users, which we believe will further revolutionize the way they enjoy their favorite lifestyle apps and content on their devices,” Charles Lim, Smart wireless division chief, said in a statement.

Smart is also set to roll out the same service for Sun Cellular subscribers.

Competitor Globe Telecom stated in a Facebook post that they have released a similar carrier billing through Gcash for Google Play and App Store last year.

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