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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. riku98523's Avatar
      riku98523 -
      Of course an iTunes gift card will work. Any card used online is viewed as a credit card anyway.
    1. MaxGQC's Avatar
      MaxGQC -
      I asked Apple about this.. they gave me a free bluetooth headset.

      I also contacted my MP about this law.. 2 months now and no answer. They say they still looking for the answer
    1. macgirl3G's Avatar
      macgirl3G -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shouri View Post
      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?
      Well, he can use an iTunes gift card to buy apps if he registered his account in the US.

      I live in Mexico and I have an iTunes US account, I used paypal with iTunes store because iTunes for Mexico has only the App Store section, but also there are no option for buying apps with iTunes gift cards here, I can buy apps with credit or debit cards with my mexcan iTunes account.

      so in few words:
      Live in canada, US iTunes account, iTunes gift cards for buying apps (not so hard).
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by macgirl3G View Post
      I live in Mexico and I have an iTunes US account,
      Isn't that illegal?
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I am also on the boat with the rest of the "who cares crew" This is hardly worth listing as news...
    1. Shouri's Avatar
      Shouri -
      Quote Originally Posted by macgirl3G View Post
      Well, he can use an iTunes gift card to buy apps if he registered his account in the US.

      I live in Mexico and I have an iTunes US account, I used paypal with iTunes store because iTunes for Mexico has only the App Store section, but also there are no option for buying apps with iTunes gift cards here, I can buy apps with credit or debit cards with my mexcan iTunes account.

      so in few words:
      Live in canada, US iTunes account, iTunes gift cards for buying apps (not so hard).
      While that's possible to reside in Canada and register a US account and use a gift card, it is not possible, furthermore it is illegal to register for a US account if you live in Canada. It clearly states in the Canadian TOS that you have to purchase from the Canadian store, which does not allow one to use a gift card to purchase apps/games.

      Edit: I suppose it is also illegal to jailbreak yer iPhone/iPod as well, but the above is just to illustrate my point. No hard feelings
    1. eats7's Avatar
      eats7 -
      this is bull
    1. imagine engine's Avatar
      imagine engine -
      In my account payment information I have the option to pay with a major credit card or use the iTunes gift card. Even if the gift card wasn't allowed to buy iPhone apps the buyer can use a prepaid Visa or Mastercard credit card if they don't have established credit. Such credit cards are available from several stores such as Walmart, Safeway, Superstore, etc.
    1. Shouri's Avatar
      Shouri -
      That's a good idea. I never thought of that. Apple loses money on gift cards, and we still win. Maybe it'll give them incentive to try and get that annoying law changed.

      Why is that law in effect in Canada anyway? Does anyone have a link to whatever law they are referring to?
    1. macgirl3G's Avatar
      macgirl3G -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Isn't that illegal?
      Maybe is illegal, but when I registered my account the terms didn't state that I need to register an address where I live or reside, it stated register a valid US address, anyway one of my brothers lived in US (now in Canada) and I used his address, also I got an US bank account but I used paypal because it allowed me to use my local credit card.

      Anyway we were talking about "Live in Canada" and "use a gift card" for buying on iTunes, not the legality.

      What is more illegal downloading piracy music or buying music "outside" TOS?
    1. rdwalsh's Avatar
      rdwalsh -
      Quote Originally Posted by sayam View Post
      what if you get a gift cad on your birthday and wanna buy some apps with it? it hurts if you can't!
      I live in Canada as well, I got gift cards for xmas and my bday from family members over 500$ worth all together and couldn't spend any of it on apps.

      But I think what iTunes is doing, blaming it on Commerce laws and taxes, is rubbish. A gift card is a gift card, its just like real money, in fact it is. Someone had to pay that face value for it in the store. So whats the difference? Look at FutureShop BestBuy Walmart, are they saying if someone buys me a gift card for there, I can't buy any software because of commerce laws? No.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shouri View Post
      Apple loses money on gift cards, and we still win.
      How do they lose money? What if you lose or forget about your iTunes card? That's pure profit for them.
    1. Shouri's Avatar
      Shouri -
      I was thinking they lose money since no one would buy the gift cards and buy those pre-paid credit cards instead. Although, they'd still be getting the money anyway since you'd be spending it on the applications.

      I guess, you could spend only some of it on apps and the rest on other things. Anyway, nevermind what I said. I was tired when I wrote it haha
    1. keatonec's Avatar
      keatonec -
      you know what i dont like about the canadian itunes store is that they dont have as much content on it. well the only thing ive actually noticed is that they dont have certain tv shows that i want to get. its kind of annoying.
    1. b.c.'s Avatar
      b.c. -
      the original post IS correct, even though its meaning has been twisted a bit in this tread

      you cannot buy apps in the Canadian AppStore using anything other than a credit card. gift cards (i.e. Canadian ones) and iTunes account balances cannot and will not be used when you purchase an app. You are not even given a choice to choose what kind of payment when buying an app in the Canadian AppStore. As pointed out in the original post, the TOS clearly states credit card only for app purchases.

      In the Canadian iTunes store, gift cards (which simply get added to your account balance) can only be used for music, or movies/TV shows. Period.

      yes, it is very annoying. but true. anyhow, it's old news. been like this since day 1 of the Canadian AppStore.

      of course, as others have pointed out, (US) gift cards can be used in the US app store. But that's not what the original post was really talking about.