Now without going into too much detail, the registration for the APP Hub is as follows:
Enter your details and register as an individual or business
Pay $100 (£75) for a 1 year subscription
Recieve an email from Geotrust so that you can get authorised
Recieve an email from Geotrust to provide ID
Recieve a phone call from Geotrust to provide more details
Register/unlock your phone
Now that process should take less than 24 hours up to the point of providing Geotrust with ID to ensure you are who you say you are.
And here is the kicker, you MUST provide a Passport or Driving License, thats it, no other form of ID is accepted. Now for many people this isnt a problem, but me, I dont have either and they WILL NOT accept any other form of ID.
So, I have paid £75 to Microsoft that they took with no fuss, just input your card details, here, take my money. And then AFTER you have paid this they then question who you are, surely the fact that I have paid with my credit card registered to my address, that very same address I used on signup, that very same account I would use to (hopefully) make money off games that I submit would be enough verification of who I am.
Now Microsoft and Geotrust have a solution to this..... go out and get a valid Photo ID (at even more expense, £50 for prov driving license, £70+ for passport and we know these things can take weeks).
I know this is only a personal issue and I'm sure many developers signing up do not have this problem, but I'm sure I wont be the only one.
So my message to Microsoft is this..... developers exist outside of the US, we have different laws, we have different identification methods, accept other methods of ID (birth certificate along with P45/P60/Pay Slip, household bills)
Anyhoo, rant over, hopefully this is sorted soon and post what I originally intended