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The Amazon Appstore launched recently and it's very cool, but unfortunately it's limited to US customers, leaving the rest of us out in the cold. Which sucks. BUT, there are ways around it! Successfully using the Appstore relies on you having a US presence - a US credit card, a US address and a US phone number (handily, not a US IP), but there are ways to meet this criteria.

Here's how i'm happily using the Amazon Appstore on by device from the UK.

I've listed two options for each step of the process below. First is what I would call the 'recommended' way of doing things and the second is a slightly more dubious alternative approach (albeit perhaps easier). I'm using the recommended way, but I've been told the other way works. :D

Enjoy - please post below if the process works for you.

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Step 1 - Creating your Amazon account

To use the Appstore, first you need to create an Amazon.com account. This should be seperate from your main account, with a unique e-mail address. I use Gmail so I have a handy facility to provide a unique e-mail address built in to my e-mail account... by signing up with the address [email protected] (everything after the + is ignored in Gmail routing but can be used for filtering etc.).

To sign up with Amazon.com,visit the Amazon.com sign in page and select 'No, I am a new customer'.

Step 2 - Setting up your billing address

Next you need to set up a US address (which will be the billing address you associate with the payment card on the account) - you do this on the Manage Address Book page. This MUST be a valid US address.

Recommended: I signed up for a 'USUnlocked' virtual payment card ($10) which provides you with a legitimate US billing address to enter in your account. I signed up for this on a weekend and had the details available to me the same day. Other virtual cards are available, let us know if you find a good one with a real US billing address!
Alternative: You don't actually plan to get anything shipped to this address, so you COULD enter any valid US address here, e.g. '1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043' (which happens to be the home of Google). B)

Step 3 - Setting up your phone number

While setting up your address in the step above, you will be prompted for a phone number. This MUST be a US phone number.

Recommended: The easiest way to get a valid US address is via a SIP account (I use sipgate.com, which I signed up to using a free US VPN service. Hotspot Shield is one such service.) There are however many SIP providers who provide US inbound numbers (including Google Voice, which you should also be able to configure with a US VPN connection), so this part is pretty straightforward.
Alternative: You don't actually plan on receiving any calls to this number, so you COULD just enter any number starting with +1. Easier than that, you can just enter +1!

Step 4 - Setting up your payment card

Next you need to set up a US payment card - you do this on the Manage Payment Options page. This MUST be a valid US card (my UK Amex for example wasn't accepted).

Recommended: As mentioned above, I signed up for a 'USUnlocked' virtual payment card ($10) which provides you with a Discover card number to enter in your account.
Alternative: You don't actually plan to buy anything with this card, so you COULD use a test card number from one of the card companies, such as those listed by PayPal.

Step 5 - Install the AppStore on your device

Now that you've set up your Amazon account, you need to install the Appstore on your device. Point your web browser at http://go.modaco.com/aadownload and the APK will be downloaded directly to your device.

Once the app is installed, run it and sign in with your new Amazon.com account and you're all set!

Step 6 (optional) - Purchasing paid apps from the Amazon Appstore

If you've set up the account with a valid US payment card then paid apps will just work. If the card you have registered is either empty of funds or a 'test card', payments will fail. BUT, helpfully, retrying payments can be carried out with any card, from any country! So, to buy an app...
  • Purchase the app in the Appstore on the Amazon website or on your device - the initial payment will fail
  • Visit the Digital Orders Page page and you will see your pending purchases
  • Choose the option to retry the purchases, this time using your non-US card
  • The payments will complete and you will be able to download the apps on your device

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Worked for me :-D Thanks!

You can get addresses etc from here: http://www.fakenameg...-male-us-us.php

Not sure on legalities etc though....

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Thank you so much! Works great for me!

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Works Perfekt! Thanks :D

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One quick mention, you need to assign the credit card/address to your 1-Click settings as well https://www.amazon.c...dress/view.html - Besides that great, cheers Paul, knew what was blocking me, but didnt think to look for a service that gave me a US address/Card number, Oh well :D

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Works for me. Strangely, the only thing I did differently to another guide I read yesterday was using a Gmail address instead of the one supplied on fakenamegenerator. Didn't even have to go into the digital order section on Amazon; it worked right from the app.

Thanks Paul!

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Worked flawlessly, Thanks Paul ! :D

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Thanks Paul, works great! :D

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Worked flawlessly! And article well explained! Thanks so much!! :D

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Lovely!
Works nicely for me from the app (though not from the website... no big deal).
Have posted a link on the Android StackExchange site.
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Thanks Paul, works like a charm!!

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Presumably you can use that US Unlocked card thing to buy MP3s from the Amazon US store as well... they seem in some cases to be significantly cheaper than their UK equivalent...

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Great! now my amazon cloud player works at my Orange SF. but PC version of Cloud player still doesn't work. Suppose i have to use US ip.
hmm. now checked it works in chrome but doesn't in Firefox
And I have a question. Is there any service providing UK credit card and billing address? I live outside UK and some UK online shops doesn't accept my card

Edited by Noobmaster, 05 April 2011 - 09:21 AM.

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After a little bit of an issue with it refusing to recognise my fictional address, Amazon helpfully suggested an alternative address that has worked a treat. Thanks Paul and thanks Amazon!

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Worked perfectly for me with fake address and card details.

Only thing I had to do extra was enable the 1-click ordering address and payment options.

Sorted!

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I was really struggling and was about to give up.

I then changed both the US address and the US credit card to another US CC (Diners to VISA) and address and it worked.

Sorry, I don't know which one of the two fixed it... but it works!

Woooohooooo!

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I've followed the guide and all seems fine, but I still get the error saying the Appstore is not available in my region (the UK).


EDIT. Fixed now. It seems the appstore likes it better if my billing address is Apple not Google. Ironic?

Edited by rameses, 09 April 2011 - 12:02 PM.

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Goodbye WinMo! Hello Android :o - It's about time I updated this!


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doesn't work for me strangely .. oh well.

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Works like a charm, Paul.
thanks a lot :)

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thanks :unsure:

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