If you're stateside and still leery about using your credit card with Sony following 2011's hacking scandal, the company has a new way for you to pay: your cellphone bill. Following its UK debut, Boku carrier payment processing is on our shores now, allowing you to top-up your virtual wallet via, specifically, an AT&T or T-Mobile account. Oddly enough, these funds can only be used for purchases on the Sony Entertainment Network website and the PS3's PlayStation Store -- not the PS Vita's. We emailed to clarify this, but Sony only told us that it has "no plans to announce at this time."
SONY ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK LAUNCHES MOBILE BILLING IN THE UNITED STATES
New Wallet Funding Option Makes It Easier to Purchase Games, Movies, Music, and More Through Sony Entertainment Network and PlayStation Store
SAN MATEO, CA, Aug. 29, 2013 – Sony Network Entertainment International and Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC., today unveiled a new feature that enables users of participating mobile networks in the United States to top up their account wallet to purchase content from the PlayStation®Store and across Sony Entertainment Network using their mobile phone account.
Working with mobile payments company, Boku, the process makes it easier for users to obtain PlayStation Store and Sony Entertainment Network content, including downloadable games, add-ons, themes, movies and TV shows, as well as subscriptions to the Music Unlimited service. Mobile billing works in conjunction with select mobile network operators in the United States.
From launch, wallet top-ups with mobile billing can be made through the PlayStation®Store on PlayStation®3 (PS3™) or Account Management via the Sony Entertainment Network website. Customers can choose "mobile" as the payment option, enter their mobile phone number, and respond via SMS to confirm the wallet top-up1. The wallet top-up charge will appear on their next mobile phone bill, or is debited against their pre-paid account2.
"Offering customers the best entertainment content across the PlayStation Store and Sony Entertainment Network is our top priority," said Eric Lempel, Vice President, Sony Network Entertainment International. "Mobile billing is another secure and convenient way for users to fund their wallet for immediate access to the content they want."
With an unprecedented amount of digital content now available across the network, and new and easier ways to top-up user account wallets, the PlayStation Store and Sony Entertainment Network online store deliver convenient and immediate access to games, movies and TV episodes, music, and more for PS3, PlayStation®Vita, PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) and other devices.