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  1. clubkid

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    Hello.
    I have recently bought the HTC Magic from 3 (three) in Denmark. When I access Market to purchase new software I can only see freeware. I am looking for the software "Bluex" but Market wont show it to me.
    Can anyone tell me if this is an operator implimented limitation and how I can change this so I can buy software on the Market.
     

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    I am assuming that there must be some legal tariff reasons why google sales systems is not available yet to many areas ...
     
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    Okay.
    Thank you for the quick answers.
    Is there any way to change this? Is the block based on your IP adress or anything that I can change so I can get the full Market? I am in desperate need for Bluex bluetooth app, and I can't seem to find it anywhere else than Market.
     
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    Suggest you try to contact the BlueX developer directly.
     
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    I personally hope the community will come up with an independent repository and market application in order for both the developers to freely distribute their applications, being them free or commercial, and the users to fully enjoy what the Android platform has to offer, it being through the use of free software of commercial one.

    JMTC, jco
     
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    Again, thank you very much. You have been most helpful.
    I have succeded in finding the BlueX application online, so I have solved most of my problems. But I will agree with JCO. We really need an independent Market where we can purchase any software without limitations.
     
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    Spectacular! You have saved my day Cenedra! Niiiice!
     
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    Thanks, Cenedra! It's a little empty now, but so was Google's Market when the G1 first launched. This is great! Now we don't have to bend to the will of our wireless carrier in terms of what we have access to from out phone.
     
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    I purchased Bloo from SlideME since we can't buy from the market in Canada yet. Was a pretty smooth process over at SlideME.
     
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    Well, I have a Google Checkout account, as do many many of my country men, so that can't really be it!?
     
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    Then sounds like a question first to your carrier !!
     
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    in Canada our carrier limits us to free app as well.. not sure the reasoning behind this.. im assuming its because the dont want to handle the funds over the phone.. not sure.
     
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    The "Android Enabler" is supposed to intercept ...something... and enable access to paid apps on the market. Not pirating, but just extending the market to unofficial countries.

    strazzere.com market enabler

    I have not tried this, but it seemed interesting enough to warrant a post here. If you try this, please report back to the rest of us! :)
     
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    It works ... if you have a rooted phone. At least that's the case for the Rogers magic here in Canada
     
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    So you need to root it to use that app to buy from marketplace? im using rogers too.
     
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    In my house.
    Rogers customer service called me last night to "follow up" on my new phone purchase and see if I need any help/have any questions about "getting started" with my new android phone.

    I told the girl that the phone is fine, I know how to use it, but that I was very upset that I didn't have access yet to paid apps in the marketplace. She replied that I did indeed have access to _free_ apps. I told her "Yes, I know, I want access to PAID apps."

    At that point she told me that I would need to contact HTC as it is a manufacturer issue if i can't access paid apps. I kindly told her that was not true. I said "If the phone itself (hardware) is not able to do something, then yes, it is a manufacturer issue, however in this case the _paid_ apps are being blocked from ALL Canadian subscribers. This has nothing to do with HTC, this is between Google and Rogers."

    I informed her that Google themselves are telling people in the marketplace forums that _carriers_ can ask Google to block or allow things, and that Google is recommending users bug Rogers for access.

    Then she tried to tell me that it was like the iPhone apps store and that there would likely be copyright issues for a while until they were hammered out. I told her again that she was incorrect, and that it had nothing to do with copyright. I explained that there are "lite" versions and "pro" versions of the same apps by the same authors who are not in Canada, and that I can download a "lite" (free) version, but not the Pro version. I also pointed out that I wasn't talking about music or movies, but about applications.

    She seemed surprised when I told her other countries like the US and UK had access to paid apps, and repeated to her that it was about _ROGERS_ not allowing access to paid apps.

    She was very confused and said that all she knew (had in front of her on her script) was that it was an issue with HTC. She said she would need to talk to her manager. I was on hold for about 6 minutes, and when she came back she informed me that, according to her manager, paid apps whould slowly start appearing in the store and that they are "working on it".

    So, in otherwords, one line of BS after another.

    You'd think that a company as large as Rogers launching a new Smart phone as big as Google Android, would have picked a few people in one of the departments and said "Hey, you guys, you're the Android team now. Lean everything about it, and here's all the info we have already."

    Lame.
     
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    Rogers told me the same thing - That it's HTC's fault, call them.

    Yeah, right.
    :rolleyes:
     
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    Here is the list of countries that can buy Priced apps from a pre determined developers from a certain countries.


    • Austria
    • France
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Netherlands
    • Spain
    • United Kingdom
    • United States
    Also I saw in the google's official site, there are some commend about rooted device can not get paid apps too, but i saw someone did it already.
     
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    Is there a way to bypass the block ?

    To what is it related ? sim card, wifi ip address, google account !?


    P.S. Cause I don't think rooting of Samsung Galaxy i7500 is possible yet?

    I use it on Fido provider in Canada. But I purchased it Unlocked from jr.com in the states.
     
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    The have an HTC Hero here is Australia and the Google Market doesn't work properly, either because of the phone and location. Free apps are there, and some paid apps are there, but many of the apps I want to buy are not.

    I was in Singapore recently and there _all_ of the paid apps disappeared from the Market. What if an upgrade or security update comes out while we are overseas? We'll be blocked from downloading it.

    So from the threads is seem Google is no better than Apple with their app store. Google wants to tell us what software we are allowed to buy? That is Google's idea of an open platform? Users miss out on apps or are forced to pirate them, and developers miss out on the money we want to pay them. Everyone loses at the moment with the Google Market.

    I agree with some earlier comments; As Android users and developers we can't let Google go evil-Apple-tunes on us. I suggest:

    1) We let developers whose apps we want to buy know they are missing out on sales because of Google's policies.

    2) We promote alternative Android markets like SlideME.com to developers, and use them ourselves (any others people recommend?).

    3) We contact our phone operators, HTC, and Google and let them know the damage Google's Market manipulation is causing. (Can people help with contact addresses).

    I am really upset, as this sort of thing wasn't what Google told us Android was all about. Google and phone operators shouldn't be trying to block sales of applications from developers to users. That is what Android was suppose to fix!

    Aaron.
     
  23. Miss_Almie112

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    Hey halldorr, how did you get SlideMe to work? I'm guessing ur from Canada too lol There's a few paid apps I wouldn't mind having access to. :D
     
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