[Letter to Apple] I am using pirated apps...Blame yourself!
Hello Apple fans and anyone from Apple that may read this,
I hate piracy, same as you all. I have got an iPhone 4S, iPad2, BlackBerry Torch and a PlayBook.
Wherever I go around, all keep saying BlackBerry is the worst platform for not having any apps. So I decided to get those 2 Apple products, to see what magic do they bring in. unfortunately they bring nothing in the Middle East.
When I created my Apple account based on Qatar, I found nothing and I really mean nothing in the AppStore, not any apps but Whatsapp, not a single game not even Fruit ninja and Angry birds! ... and Don't tell me due to copyright issues with the Game and App Developers they couldn't provide it for the Middle east, NO! My PlayBook AppWorld got Angry Birds, All Gameloft apps and All EA Apps in the Qatari store! that means it's just how it goes with Apple not the developers!
I tried to switch my Apple account to the United States.... but It asks for a US Based credit card, which I don't own. Got only a Qatari one. I created a new account based on the US.. but still I can't purchase anything as I can't add my credit card.
So do you all think I will pay 820$ for the iPhone4S 16GB! and 650$ iPad2 32GB WiFi only and just keep What'sapp! No, not gonna happen ever in my life, I had to jailbreak my device and get pirated apps. Don't blame me but blame Apple, they won't sell such expensive products and don't provide any apps, games or even support then tell me it's illegal to use pirated apps!
Thanks for reading, I hope you feel the same as me, maybe you won't you got a Store full of apps and games! but now I feel RIM(Research in Motion) had done a better job serving the Middle east.
- 01-28-2012, 06:21 AM #2
- 01-28-2012, 06:34 AM #3
You can create a US based account using a gift card purchased online. A search will result in detailed instructions.
As for why there is nothing in your App Store, you should contact Apple directly, not post a question in an Internet discussion forum. Apple doesn't read posts here....
I know when we submit apps we restrict distribution to App Stores where English is a supported language. Perhaps Qatar is not in that list
Didn't think before about the itunes card, despite that hassle that I have got to buy a card before every purchase, and I have to accept that I won't get bonus from my Credit card unless I buy those itunes cards online which could be more expensive. I will go for it for now however that's like a temporary Hotfix. Apple got to fix this issue!
- 01-28-2012, 09:09 AM #5
- 01-28-2012, 09:43 AM #7
- 01-28-2012, 10:12 AM #8
- 01-28-2012, 08:50 PM #10
- 01-28-2012, 11:20 PM #11
Back on topic:
Sorry for the OP's plight, but that doesn't make piracy "ok". Nothing does. Nothing ever will.
- 01-28-2012, 11:23 PM #12
YMMV, but this has always worked for me.
- 01-29-2012, 10:20 AM #13
Piracy is never ok but I do understand what a hassle it would be to have to go out to purchase an iTunes GC to buy apps. Yes you can buy a large one for $50 etc but that means you are "locked" into using that $50 in the iTunes ecosystem. As someone who is watches my finances closely I would never want to do that myself. When I want to buy a 99 cent app I want to spend 99 cent. I do not want to have to spend extra money for a GC to load onto my account.
That being said, again, piracy is not OK. Write to Apple to know your frustration but for now try to be legal! I would think Apple would want to make it easier for people in your area to spend money with them. I hope they support your region more soon!
- 01-29-2012, 10:23 AM #14
- 01-29-2012, 10:32 AM #15
How about researching what's available before you make the purchase?
If I bought a phone from a company based in the middle east I wouldn't complain there are no apps available in the US. Just as I wouldn't buy a phone from a US company without researching what apps are available.
It's not Apple's fault. It's yours.
- 01-29-2012, 10:44 AM #16
- 01-29-2012, 10:46 AM #17
- 01-29-2012, 01:39 PM #18
I can't believe no one has said this, but, this has to be the stupidest thread ever. If apps aren't available
then stay away from the product if it means that much to you. And if you're going to use pirated apps
then use them without opening yourself up to criticism here. In other words: Do what you want and just
shut up about it. Sheesh.
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- 01-29-2012, 05:07 PM #21
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Someone above that Apple may not have anything to do with it. I think I would look at the possibility that maybe, just maybe, the Leaders/government of Qatar may censor the APP Store content or told Apple to censor the APP Store content in order to be allowed to sell the iPHONE 4S and iPAD 2 in your country. This is just a thought not an accusation or fact.
- 01-31-2012, 10:41 PM #24
- 02-01-2012, 08:24 AM #25
Now....not sure what apps you're using, but just because you got apps off Cydia after jailbreaking doesn't mean they are pirated....it just means Apple wouldn't let them into the App Store. I have quite a few jailbreak apps and I don't think any are pirated....I'm pretty certain the developers are getting paid for their hard work when I purchase their apps from Cydia.
Also, if Apple is not selling apps in your country, I bet it has more to do with your government than Apple.....just saying. (BTW, my government sucks too, just for different reasons)
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