How to get extra Google Play Store credit on Telstra or Optus
Telstra and Optus both have deals that can give you extra Google Play Store credit. Here’s how you can save money on music, movies and apps.
If you’re using an Android handset, the allure of using the Google Play Store for your entertainment needs can be considerable, but it can also be considerably pricey. However, if you’re a Telstra or Optus customer, there are a couple of ways you can save money on music, movies and apps.
How to get Google Play Store credit with Telstra
Telstra integrates a billing option for customers with an Android handset so that you can have Google Play Store purchases charged to your bill.
If you’re a Telstra contract customer, those charges are added directly to your monthly bill as full charges. This may be convenient, but it won’t save you any money per se.
If you’re a Telstra prepaid customer, you can use your actual cash credit towards Google Play Store purchases. However, it’s important to understand the distinction between your cash credit and calls credit here.
As an example, here’s what the current Telstra prepaid Freedom Plus deals offer:
The amount that you can use for Google Play Store purchases is the amount of actual money you recharge with, which rolls over if you recharge within your expiry period. Telstra refers to this as "Recharge Credit". You can’t use the calling quota to pay for Google Play Store content at all.
Here's how you can use Telstra as your payment provider for Google Play Store purchases: Once you’ve chosen an app and accepted its permissions, you need to choose "Enable Telstra Billing" in the payment method screen, and then enter your mobile number for confirmation. You’ll have to enter your Google password to confirm, at which point the relevant amount will be deducted from your credit.
How to get Google Play Store credit with Optus
Like Telstra, Optus also supports carrier billing for Google Play Store purchases.
Here's how to set that up: Once you've chosen your app and accepted its terms, change your payment option to Optus within the Google Play Store and you should be good to go.
Direct billing is handy in a simple payment sense, but it does nothing to reduce your actual Google Play Store bills. Optus doesn't offer direct billing to prepaid customers, so there's no avenue to use recharge credit for Google Play Store purchases.