Google Play never officially supported debit cards for app purchases, but few debit cards like that of ICICI Bank’s do work. But if you’re like me, you’re left out with a debit card which Play store doesn’t support. This was the case only until I found out EntroPay, which lets you get Virtual Credit cards (VCCs), and guess what, Play store supports them.
Getting an EntroPay card
The process is pretty simple. You head over to EntroPay, fill the sign up form with details that match the one on your credit/debit card (which is just a precaution).
As the account is created, you’ll be asked to recharge your card for the first time, the minimum amount you can deposit is 20$. You can deposit via credit/debit cards or even bank transfer.
EntroPay takes certain amount of money you deposited as fees, which depends on whether you deposited via credit/debit card or bank transfer. For example, if you have deposited via a credit/debit card, 4.95% of the deposited money is taken as fees. Check the Fees page on the site for more information.
After all this gets done, you’ll be granted a virtual credit card, which looks something the screenshot above.
Using EntroPay card on Google Play
After that’s done, you have to go to Google Checkout (which is basically what’s used in Play store) and enter details of the EntroPay VCC.
This is the tricky part, as it asks for address – while denying your actual home address. The solution is to put address of EntroPay’s headquarters which are located in Malta. You can get the address from the contact page on their site.
This is how the address should look (including country, pin code and city):
And you’re almost done.
Next time while you’re buying an app on Play store’s website or the Android app, select the VCC which you just created (you’ll be shown a list of cards available from Google Checkout).
This is not restricted to Play store, though. It should work for others too, like Skype credits (haven’t given a try for App store).