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Apple & Google to allow third party app payment options in South Korea

Apple has submitted its compliance plans to allow developers to use third-party payment options in South Korea at a reduced service fee, the Korea Communication Commission (KCC) said, it also said it would discuss with Apple to iron out further details, including service fee structures and the exact date when the payment option will go into effect.

The announcement comes after the South Korean authorities requested in October for global app store operators like Google and Apple to turn in detailed plans for the country’s new law, which bans app store operators from forcing developers to use their payment systems.

Where as Google said in its blog that it would reduce the developer’s service fee by 4%. For example, developers, who pay 15% for transactions through Google Play’s billing system, would pay 11% through Google’s alternative billing system.

“Apple has a great deal of respect for Korea’s laws and a strong history of collaboration with the country’s talented app developers. Our work will always be guided by keeping the App Store a safe and trusted place for our users to download the apps they love,” the spokesperson said.

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