The deletion will take effect sometime this month.
what you need to know
- Beginning in January, Verizon will no longer be supported on the Google Play Store’s carrier billing plans.
- The carrier confirmed it was removed from the list, citing a “commercial decision” rather than safety concerns.
- Google is advising users in the U.S. who use its carrier billing features to update their subscription payment methods.
If you’re currently paying for apps and subscriptions in the US through your carrier bill, you may need to update your payment method now, as Google plans to remove Verizon Wireless from the list.
Google Play’s support page for accepting payment options in the US confirmed the news, which was first reported by Android Police. “As of January 2022, Verizon Wireless will no longer be an accepted payment method for subscriptions in the United States,” reads the warning on the page.
Many Google Play users initially received an email from Google informing them that Verizon’s carrier billing support would end on February 22nd. Currently, Verizon is still on the list of supported carriers, Boost Mobile and AT&T removed and then reinstated.
Verizon also confirmed the report, telling Android Police that the company’s removal from the list was a business decision. Earlier, a user claimed on Reddit that Google said the change was due to “security concerns.”
However, you can still charge your Play Store purchases from some of the best wireless carriers in the US, including AT&T, Boost Mobile, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular.
Google Play also accepts credit or debit cards issued by American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa, and Visa Electron. You can also pay with your Google Pay balance, PayPal, Google Play balance and Google Play gift cards.