Three Ireland and Switzerland’s Sunrise have signed up DOCOMO Digital to provide carrier billing services.

Three Ireland’s two million customers can pay for games, videos, music and apps purchased through the Windows Phone Store via their phone bill.

The deal builds on several other similar ones Three’s parent CK Hutchison has signed with DOCOMO Digital.

Three Ireland Chief Commercial Officer Elaine Carey said: “Paying for digital products and services in the safest and most convenient way is very important to our customers, so we are pleased to further extend our Direct Carrier Billing services.

“As DOCOMO Digital has successfully operated and managed similar services across our international network, they were the natural choice to achieve this for us.”

In Switzerland, Sunrise customers can purchase content from the Google Play Store using their mobile phone bill.

Subscribers need to use the operator’s Sunrise Pay service and an Android device initially.

Customers with non-Android devices will get to use the service “in the near future”, Sunrise said.

[Read more: Evangelical DOCOMO Digital urges telcos to work together on basic m-payment services]

Marco Rohr, Director Business Development at DOCOMO Digital, said: “Direct Carrier Billing is becoming increasingly popular in Switzerland, not least because of the very simple payment procedure and the growing support of various dealers.

“In addition, there are very few countries where customers spend as much money via their mobile phone bill as in Switzerland.”

Swisscom teamed up with DOCOMO Digital to offer retailers of physical goods and services a direct carrier billing payment option for consumers earlier this year.

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