Fact Check: No, Google Play Store Isn’t Going Away in Pakistan After December 1st

Android users in Pakistan won’t be able to download Google Play Store apps. Purchasers of paid apps through mobile carrier billing as carrier payments were stopped by the State Bank of Pakistan. The SBP is trying to limit the outflow of dollars to global tech companies.

The payment of $34 million to overseas service providers like Google, Amazon, and Meta, has been frozen. Pakistani users can continue to buy apps or use paid services through credit or debit cards only. The SBP suspended Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) on Friday.

The SBP has revoked the mechanism for payment of dollar fees in light of the country’s liquidity crisis. In this regard, the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT), the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), and four cellular mobile operators (CMOs) unanimously wrote a letter to the SBP.

If this is successful, users would be able to buy apps through Google Play Store directly from their mobile phone providers.