Sony has just announced that they’ve released a new feature on the PSN Store that allows users to top up their PSN wallet using their mobile phone. The deal, in collaboration with Boku, will apparently work with all major UK mobile network operators, and means you won’t need to feed your credit card details into the PlayStation Store.
You can top up your account this way through the SEN website and the PSN Store on the PS3. Just choose “mobile” as the payment option, enter your mobile phone number and then respond to the text message you get. The charge will appear on your next mobile phone bill.
Gordon Thornton, Vice President, Sony Network Entertainment Europe, said: “We are always looking at new ways to give our customers more choice in terms of content, accessibility and payment methods, and are pleased to be able to offer the option of mobile operator billing, which are becoming more and more popular.”
Sounds like a bit of a sneaky way to get money out of teenagers to me.
No Credit agreement required.
This sounds like a dangerous way to end up with a massive phone bill
I like this, this is good. More options is only a good thing.
This sounds like a great idea (for me anyway) as I like an impulse buy now and again. In the past, I’ve been adding my card to my account (to buy a game) and then after the purchase is complete I’ve been deleting the card off my account. It’s not ideal, as I know I could just buy a £25 top-up card to fund these purchases but in the past I’ve been short of the odd 89p or similar on loads of occassions. Now that I can fund these impulse purchases straight from me phone is excellent news. :)
I wonder how many iTunes similar stories we going to hear off parents, my child purchased psn credit that ran my bill over a grand worth & Sony reply will be please read our T&C no refunds
Yeah. This’ll happen. More options is good, but I’d rather have an easier Paypal feature or the ability to stick notes into the disc-drive.
I should imagine you’d need your phone enabled to use premium rate services which you need to be 18 to use so I guess its not much different to adults leaving their credit cards laying around for teenagers to use. Being able to use the PSN store is aimed at adults, where on the other hand, most cases on the iPhone were games blatently aimed at children spending real money even though you had to be over 18 to sign into your account… Hence the refunds – That’s all speculation by the way so I’m sure I’ll probably now get corrected :)
This is a lot more deliberate than the way kids can accidentally spent hundreds on in game purchases.
You don’t accidentally select mobile on the PSN store, then accidentally reply to the text on your parents phone.
I like the option of having options. Tend to shy away from using my credit card so this can only be good for me – as soon as it comes to Sweden.