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Feb 17, 2015
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It's no secret that Pinoys can buy apps with prepaid credits. The problem is, this only works for Android devices.

Yes, Apple fanboys are left out of the schemeuntil today that is!

Rejoice, our iPhone- and iPad-toting friendsSmart is now officially allowing its subscribers to use load for buying stuff from iTunes and the Apple App Store!

That deserves a happy dance, dontchathink?

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smart pay with mobileGIF via Giphy.com

smart pay with mobileGIF via Giphy.com

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How big is this development? First-in-the-world big! Smart is the first to offer this kind of service for Apple. Called Pay-With-Mobile, it gives users of Apple's mobile devices another, more convenient way to buy things like apps, games, eBooks, magazines, music, and even movies from iTunes and the Apple App Store. You can also use it to make in-app purchases (read: boosts or additional features that enhance or improve your experience with a certain app).

Check out the image below to know how to register:

smart pay with mobile

To elaborate: This service grants the user a Pay-With-Mobile number that acts as a sort of virtual credit card. After receiving it, all you need to do is go to your Apple ID Account Settings page, select "MasterCard" as the payment option, and enter your Pay-With-Mobile number.

And...that's it! Every time you buy something from the Apple App Store or iTunes, the cost will be automatically deducted from your current prepaid load or charged on top of your next postpaid bill if you're hooked to a plan. YepPay-With-Mobile works for postpaid subscribers, too! Beats having to get an actual credit card (and suffer the consequences of your GF's binge-shopping ways), no?

“Smart understands that not everyone owns a credit card, but that shouldn’t stop people from realizing the full potential of their mobile devices," says Charles Lim, EVP and Wireless Consumer Division Head at Smart. We hear you, good sir!

Smart's Pay-With-Mobile service will be fully available for every Smart subscriber starting tomorrow, February 18. Now, if you'll excuse us, we have "Lives" to buy...