Mobile phone billing lets customers roll charges for the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, and Apple Music memberships into their monthly phone bills from their cellphone network as an alternative to storing debit or credit cards with Apple.
Once the account is set up all purchases on the App Store, iTunes Store, Apple Music and in app purchases will appear on your Vodacom bill.
How to set up mobile phone billing on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with Vodacom:
Step 1: Go to Settings > [your name] > iTunes & App Store.
Step 2: Tap your Apple ID, then tap View Apple ID. You might be asked to authenticate your Apple ID.
Step 3: Now tap on Payment Information.
Step 4: Under the list of payment options, select one that reads Mobile Phone. If you don’t see this option, mobile phone billing is currently unavailable in your region or network.
Step 5: You can now choose to use the existing phone number or another one as your payment method:
- Use This Mobile Number—Select this to use your iPhone’s cellphone number. If you’re on iOS 8.4 or higher, Apple will automatically check the mobile number of the iPhone you’re using with your cellphone network to determine if you’re eligible for mobile phone billing.
- Use a Different Cellphone Number—Enter another cellphone number that you want to be billed to and confirm it with a one-time code sent via an SMS message. Tap Verify to verify the code.
Step 6: Now tap Next to finish setting up mobile phone billing.
How to set up mobile phone billing on your Mac with Vodacom:
Step 1: Open iTunes. If you’re not signed in, sign in with your Apple ID.
Step 2: From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or at the top of the iTunes window, choose Account > View My Account.
Step 3: Authenticate your Apple ID, then click View Account.
On the Account Information page:
Step 4: To the right of payment type, click Edit.
Step 5: Select Mobile Phone Billing.
Step 6: Enter the mobile number of the phone that you want to be billed to, then click Send Code.
Step 7: An SMS message with a one-time code will be sent to the mobile number that you provided. Check the mobile phone for the message, and enter the code on the computer that you’re using to set up your payment method. If you don’t receive a code immediately, tap “Resend Code” to try again.
Step 8: Now click Verify to complete the process.
Carrier billing FAQ
Where is mobile phone billing available
Mobile phone billing is currently only available on Vodacom in South Africa.
What can I purchase with mobile phone billing enabled
If you enable mobile phone billing, you can buy anything on the iTunes Store, App Store and iBooks Store as you normally would, including iPhone and iPad applications and games, music, television shows, electronic books.
What happens after I enable carrier billing?
When you verify your phone number for carrier billing and get a confirmation message that the new payment method is now active, any app or media purchases made on the iTunes Store, App Store and iBooks Store, along with Apple Music subscriptions, will be charged and debited from your prepaid amount.
If your mobile number is connected to a postpaid wireless service, any app or media purchases made on Apple’s content stores will be charged directly to your phone bill.
Can mobile phone billing be used for In-App Purchases?
Yes, virtual items and subscriptions bought through the In-App Purchase mechanism will be charged to your mobile phone number.
Can I subscribe to Apple Music with mobile phone billing?
Yes, you can pay for your Apple Music membership through mobile phone billing.
Can I set up Family Sharing with mobile phone billing?
Yes. Family Sharing requires that the family organizer has set up their Apple ID with the credit or debit card, China UnionPay or mobile phone billing. Keep in mind that only the family organizer can update the payment information for others.
Creating an account for a child under 13 in Family Sharing requires using credit cards, China UnionPay or a postpaid mobile phone billing account.