Apple Expands Availability of Carrier Billing and Lane Guidance in Maps

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Apple has expanded carrier billing to TIM in Italy, Bite in Latvia and Lithuania, U Mobile in Malaysia, Singtel and StarHub in Singapore, Sunrise in Switzerland, and O2 in the UK, according to an updated support document.


The payment method enables customers to make purchases in the iTunes Store, App Store, and Apple Books, and pay for an Apple Music subscription, without needing to link a debit or credit card to their Apple ID account. Instead, purchases are added to a customer's phone bill, and paid in full when due.

The payment method is already offered by select carriers in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, Italy, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, and the UK.

Meanwhile, Apple Maps lane guidance has expanded to Croatia and Slovenia, according to Apple's updated iOS Feature Availability page.


While navigating with Apple Maps via iPhone or CarPlay in those countries, a set of directional arrows will now appear at the top of the screen that indicate which lane your vehicle should be in to exit a freeway or complete a turn.

Apple Maps lane guidance debuted in the United States and China in iOS 11. The feature has since expanded to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

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30 months ago
More important than lane guidance availability is lane guidance accuracy.
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30 months ago
I find Lane Guidance absolutely invaluable when navigating our complex city roadways. To know which lane to be in makes all the difference in the world.
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The visibility will be so great to see that it’s trying to take you the wrong way. Oh well, I bet the dozen people that still use Apple Maps will appreciate it.

We use Google Maps and Apple Maps almost equally. I prefer Apple Maps, whereas my wife prefers Google Maps. But Google Maps has had this nasty habit of going silent or giving spoken instructions way too late! Apple Maps never has that problem.
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More important than lane guidance availability is lane guidance accuracy.

Lane Guidance has been perfect for us in Vancouver, BC Canada.

I particularly like how Maps is aware of construction ahead and how lanes are ending, even when temporarily closed during construction. It's almost magical!
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