Finnish handset maker Nokia and major carrier Vodafone have just announced they have teamed up to offer customers carrier billing for Nokia Music Store service in India.
The carrier’s customers will be able to renew their subscriptions via their Vodafone accounts. They will have access to a catalog with more than 4 million of songs, which are DRM free.
“The new venture with Nokia allows us to offer integrated billing service for music downloads which will also help strengthen the local music ecosystem,” said Vivek Mathur, Vodafone India's chief commercial officer.
EconomicTimes reports there will be three types of renewal subscriptions available for Vodafone customers: 7 days for Rs 50 (1 USD or 0.7 EUR), 30 days for Rs 99 (1.8 USD or 1.4 EUR) and 90 days for Rs 250 (4.6 USD or 3.6 EUR).
Keep in mind that the above prices do not include taxes and data charges. Once the new carrier billing service will be integrated, Vodafone India customers will be able to pay for renewals by simply adding them to their monthly phone bills.
Obviously, they can also choose to have the payment debited from their pre-paid balance. This is the first carrier billing service launched in India, Nokia claims.
Nokia Music Store features supports for 16 Indian languages and with the latest carrier billing option Vodafone customers will be able to renew their subscriptions with only one click.
“We have a strong proposition in the Nokia Music Store and both Vodafone and Nokia are committed to offering the consumer a richer experience and growing the music ecosystem,” concluded Viral Oza, Nokia India's director (marketing).
India is one of Nokia’s most profitable markets when it comes to feature-phones. The Asha series had tremendous success in India and the Finnish company is trying to keep its loyal customers by offering new services for free.