Most of us have been in a situation where we’ve wanted to purchase an app but cannot; the reason? – the app is asking for our credit card details. This might seem ridiculous if you live in a western country. In the Philippines, M-commerce is still in its infancy. There are still many Filipinos who refused to buy online.
Will this change in the future?
Globe Has A Solution – Use Your Mobile Load As Payment.
In a statement made last Tuesday, the company announced that all Globe and TM subscribers can now make app or in-app purchases on the Google Play Store. You won’t need to fill in your credit card details, or use your GCash Account – your mobile load balance will do!
“Globe has always prioritized a differentiated customer experience,” said Globe VP Glen Estrella. “The convenience of purchasing your favorite apps and in-app items using your Globe load or postpaid bill really makes a wonderful difference to our customers’ overall experience with Globe”
Based on Estrella’s statement, all subscribers, whether Prepaid or Postpaid, can pay for their app purchases through.
How to Buy Apps Using Your Globe Mobile Load
- First, you’ll first need to select an app that you want to buy.
- Select “Enable Globe Telecom Billing” in the payment options menu.
- Register your Globe phone number, name, and address. You don’t need to enter those details in future transactions! You just need to enter your Google ID and password in your next purchases.
Keep in mind that when you pay through this method, you are subjected to the government’s 12% Value-Added Tax. This means that if you are purchasing an app worth Php 100, you will be paying P112. Is it worth it?
Currently, paying for apps via your Globe’s mobile load is only open on Google Play Store. No word yet if the payment method will be open to iTunes App Store soon.
Possible Increase In App Purchases In The Philippines?
Looking back, it was when Facebook was offered for almost free in smartphones that made Messenger (yes, the standalone app) the leading messaging app in the Philippines. An earlier report in Vulcan Post, the Philippines also ranks the highest in terms of the number of people downloading games on mobile phones. Just like how the arrival of Spotify and its partnership with Globe created a new trend of music streaming in the country, paying for apps using your mobile load will likely start a new trend, accelerating the rapidly climbing m-commerce in the country from its current infantile state.