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  • Canada Getting Second Hand Treatment in the First World!?!


    This is painful news for all the Canadian iPhone owners. Canadian users cannot buy iPhone/iPod Touch apps or games using any means other than a credit card! This has even been clearly mentioned in the Terms of Service of the country. Check it out:

    US Store Terms:
    10. PAYMENT METHODS. The Service accepts credit cards, payment through your PayPal account, and iTunes Cards, iTunes Store Gift Certificates, and Allowance Account balances as forms of payment.
    Canada Store Terms:
    10. PAYMENT METHODS. The Service accepts credit cards as the form of payment.
    To top it off, there's even a thread on the Apple Discussion forums in which Apple's response eradicates any chance of confusion.

    Due to tax laws and commerce restrictions for software in Canada, customers residing in Canada may only purchase games and applications using a credit card.
    Looks like if you're in Canada and just planning to spend that gift card on some apps, then you're out of luck.

    [TiPB]
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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Canada Getting Second Hand Treatment in the First World!?! started by sayam View original post
    Comments 35 Comments
    1. haibane's Avatar
      haibane -
      Why does this matter? Most everything comes from a debit/credit card anyhow. I rarely see people using cash these days.
    1. sayam's Avatar
      sayam -
      what if you get a gift cad on your birthday and wanna buy some apps with it? it hurts if you can't!
    1. lostgame's Avatar
      lostgame -
      This isn't true.

      I live in Canada, have no credit card and use iTunes cards to buy apps all the time. If you need proof I'll do a video.
    1. sayam's Avatar
      sayam -
      Quote Originally Posted by lostgame View Post
      This isn't true.

      I live in Canada, have no credit card and use iTunes cards to buy apps all the time. If you need proof I'll do a video.
      damn! but the ToS??

      Please do a video anyways so maybe we can update the post...
    1. lostgame's Avatar
      lostgame -
      I don't have an iTunes gift card right now and no incentive to buy one - if anyone can donate one I will video it, buy a like 99 cent app and then give them the user/pass to the account. Making a $25 video just doesn't seem like a proficient use of money right now :P
    1. AppleDummy's Avatar
      AppleDummy -
      To be honest i dont find this really important most people dont use those cards they suck anyway.
    1. sayam's Avatar
      sayam -
      Quote Originally Posted by lostgame View Post
      I don't have an iTunes gift card right now and no incentive to buy one - if anyone can donate one I will video it, buy a like 99 cent app and then give them the user/pass to the account. Making a $25 video just doesn't seem like a proficient use of money right now :P
      sorry, but no donations!
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Yay for moar cracked appz!!! But ya I got a credit card so I'm good.
    1. compnerd88's Avatar
      compnerd88 -
      Who cares....

      Everyone has a friend / relative with a credit card....pay them in cash....they use their card

      If your in Canada and you want an app bad enough....your gonna figure out a way to get it

      Granted it is still an inconvenience.....but hey....isn't that the definition of apple? lol
    1. lostgame's Avatar
      lostgame -
      Quote Originally Posted by sayam View Post
      sorry, but no donations!
      Well, sorry, I can't provide proof then, but I suggest you take the topic down, as it's blatantly incorrect.
    1. JStraitiff's Avatar
      JStraitiff -
      Quote Originally Posted by lostgame View Post
      Well, sorry, I can't provide proof then, but I suggest you take the topic down, as it's blatantly incorrect.
      did you consider that it didnt take effect yet?
    1. happyjam64's Avatar
      happyjam64 -
      yeah, but this is tiny compared to our iphone plans.
    1. sayam's Avatar
      sayam -
      Quote Originally Posted by lostgame View Post
      Well, sorry, I can't provide proof then, but I suggest you take the topic down, as it's blatantly incorrect.
      no, many people are unable to purchase apps using gift cards!
    1. tattoojack's Avatar
      tattoojack -
      Quote Originally Posted by haibane View Post
      Why does this matter? Most everything comes from a debit/credit card anyhow. I rarely see people using cash these days.
      OMG!!!

      ROTFLMMFAO

      you cant be serious!

      you rarely see people using cash these days???
      for the internet????

      noooooo!!!!
      really?????

      where would you insert the cash for itunes anyway????

      they are referring to gift cards!!!!!
      read the whole post before rushing to be the first response!!!

      too funny!
    1. domenicp's Avatar
      domenicp -
      Quote Originally Posted by sayam View Post
      no, many people are unable to purchase apps using gift cards!
      I just tried and can confirm that I was not able to make an app store purchase using a gift card. It even tells you before you confirm the app store purchase that your credit card will be charged.
    1. Shouri's Avatar
      Shouri -
      Quote Originally Posted by lostgame View Post
      This isn't true.

      I live in Canada, have no credit card and use iTunes cards to buy apps all the time. If you need proof I'll do a video.
      I don't know what you're smoking, but you cannot buy applications/games with gift cards. You can only purchase songs, videos and audio books.

      Maybe you were using a credit card that looked like an iTunes card?
    1. MattOnDemand's Avatar
      MattOnDemand -
      to the dude who bought apps without credit card in Canada... then you're part of a lucky few... I'm in Canada, and when I used a gift card in the iTunes store, it would not let me use it for App Store. It billed my credit card.
    1. keatonec's Avatar
      keatonec -
      what if you made a new account without putting in your credit card number? just using the gift card number? i dont know if you can do that and i would try but i dont have a gift card and dont really want to pay for one to test this out.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Luckily gift cards work fine for apps in the UK.

      What do Apple have against the Canadians?
    1. twalker3rd's Avatar
      twalker3rd -
      All I have to say is that some of you need to take a chill pill and calm down. Someone writes something that they have seen and you bit their head off. Let's be thankful that so many people are trying to look out for us rather then hateful. Be nice, relax, deep breath. We all love our iPhones, but have major problems with the way Apple controls our iPhones.