We first heard about the Bad Piggy Bank when Rovio announced it a few months ago. The Bad Piggy Bank is basically a payment system created by Rovio to handle In-App micro-transactions. Apple already has a similar service, which is why it was relatively painless for Rovio to release the Mighty Eagle add-on across iOS devices. Android, as well as other platforms, just don’t have a great way to do this…yet.
Per Rovio’s blog post, here’s how it will work:
Bad Piggy Bank purchases will be paid through operator billing. No credit card is required, you simply select the content you want to purchase in the game, and select the Bad Piggy Bank icon. You confirm your purchase, the payment is made via SMS, and you will be charged in your phone bill.
But don’t get too excited yet, right now the Bad Piggy Bank is only available on the Elisa network in Finland. They say that “Bad Piggy Bank support will only be released through various operators globally later during 2011.”
So hang tight all you Android Angry Birds fans, the Mighty Eagle should be coming your way soon. Also, once this problem is solved, I imagine we’ll see other Angry Birds add-ons, like the Pink Flamingo (< joking).Not familiar with the Mighty Eagle? Check out our in-depth explanation.