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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Hrochnick, May 28, 2010.

  1. Hrochnick

    Hrochnick Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I've seen many threads on this problem including one posted in today (http://androidforums.com/android-applications/85840-getting-applications-outside-authorized-countries.html) but thought this was big enough news - at least for me - to deserve a new thread.

    I think I've just discovered a paid app loophole... want to buy apps but live in a non paid app country? Here's what I just did:

    • Go online and create a google checkout account
    • Take out your sim card
    • Connect to the market USING WIFI
    • Find paid app
    • Buy paid app
    • Download and install paid app
    • Put sim card back in
    • Enjoy paid app

    No idea what it means for updates (the app i just bought does however still show in my downloads) or if all apps are there (how could i know?), but if you want paid apps you CAN have them, straight from the market with no root or 3rd party apps needed. Quick, simple, easy.

    Gotta say I'm pretty chuffed!

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  2. Hrochnick

    Hrochnick Well-Known Member
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    Duh, in my excitement I forgot to mention (although it may (or may not) have been obvious) that you connect to the market via wifi when the sim is removed...
  3. lekky

    lekky Lover

    Does this work? :O
  4. frankbonatelli

    frankbonatelli Well-Known Member

    Well Im currently working in Peru using my unlocked X10i on a local chip (Claro).
    Pulled my sim card rebooted, wifi on Market running
    No go.
    Anything extra special you doing that I can test out here? Bit of a pain not to be able to troll the Market on my down time, would love to solve this. Any further thoughts?
  5. GoofyG28

    GoofyG28 Newbie

    I'm from the US but working/living in Singapore. I use an AT&T SIM while back at home (San Fran), so I bought a few apps before I flew back to Singapore.

    Then I discovered that by putting even an expired (deactivated) US SIM card in my N1, I can access any paid app. I have an old Cingular SIM card lying around, and when I slapped it in, I can see not only paid apps, but also free apps that normally wouldn't exist on the Market here in Singapore.

    Here's a thread about it that I participated in:
    Nexus One Overseas - Android Help

    The only caveat is that the "Top Paid" tab doesn't show up. Also, I haven't tried access the Market without a SIM card at all, though.
  6. Hrochnick

    Hrochnick Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    The short answer is yes.

    Of course, there is a longer more complicated answer, which seems to be summarised as "not really or only under certain conditions". I'll try and explain as briefly (yeah, right!) as I can:

    The facts:

    I live in the Czech Rep where there is no paid app market. I own a HTC Hero, bought here (without sim/contract) and a work issued Motorola Milestone (sourced from outside Czech Rep - not exactly sure where but I'm going to try and find out on Monday) and a work issued Czech T-Mobile sim. I have not previously been able to access any paid apps. I believe my works public access wifi is routed via Germany (i.e has German IP addresses).

    What I did to buy a paid app from the market:

    My Hero needs to go for repair (again!) to remove dust from under the screen. To ensure I had all the apps I need on my Milestone while the Hero will be away I booted up the MS without the sim and accessed the market via the public work wifi. It was then I noticed that I could see paid apps and after setting up a google checkout account, happily bought one.

    I then took the sim out of the Hero and had the same results.

    I mentioned this to my Desire owning mate/colleague who replicated this phenomenon by turning on airplane mode and then activating wifi.

    When I got home from work:

    I checked the MS again on my home (definitely Czech) wifi, still without sim and could still see paid apps. Didn't check the Hero.

    Now, today:

    Neither the Hero nor the MS without sim can see paid apps...

    So... I would assume that the work German routed wifi was the key, but that doesn't explain why the MS saw paid apps last night at home and not now, nor explain or align with Goofy's experiences from Singapore, above. So I'm a bit stumped.

    Any clever techies out there that can offer an explanation?

    Whatever the reasons, I'm happy that I can at least buy apps while I'm at work!
  7. GoofyG28

    GoofyG28 Newbie

    I just tried accessing the market without any SIM card, but I didn't see any paid apps. When I put in my old US SIM card, it always works. However, any paid app updates (and updates for US-only apps) will require me to put in my US SIM card again. A small hassle but worth it. Maybe someone can try with a valid or expire prepaid card from the US. If it works, then people can use that workaround.
  8. -Ollie-

    -Ollie- Well-Known Member

    This limitation SUCKS!
    But thanks for the tip, will give it a try.
  9. phlojo

    phlojo Well-Known Member

    I was thinking the same thing. A cheap pre-paid SIM from the US would do the trick for us foreigners then...
  10. cr0wnest

    cr0wnest Well-Known Member

    May try this out sometime. I live in singapore using an unlocked N1 from google. Would like to buy apps like SlideIT but its not available in singapore!

    Google please do something about this soon if we're gonna fight the apples!
  11. -Ollie-

    -Ollie- Well-Known Member

    I tried this trick and it works like a charm.
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  12. EDesire

    EDesire Lurker

    Thanks for the info!! I'm in Singapore. Now i just need a US sim card so i can buy apps... This will be tricky...
  13. haddock

    haddock Member

    You can buy prepaid sim cards in the US online and get them sent to your address in Singapore or where ever you are.

    I have an American pre-paid card here in Denmark, and that allows me to buy all the apps I want. However, I have only found three worth buying ;-). And like someone else said, purchased apps will show when an update is available, but in order to update, you need to switch back to the American SIM card.

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