Android is terrible for those who lives in Gibraltar

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by super michael, Mar 5, 2016.

  1. super michael macrumors regular

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    I like Samsung phones but i hate android why because of this one reason:

    In my country which is Gibraltar all the paid app are region restricted even many free apps like facebook, whatsapp, summoners wars, spotify, etc are region restricted.

    To make android worse even my credit card is restricted even when i am in England on Holiday.

    The only way to download free app region restricted is by VPN or go to another country. Credit card is impossible since when i put my billing address it restricts me from buying.

    That is my only beef with android, at least with Apple there is no region restriction from getting app and no problem using my credit card buying apps or using Itune.

    Google is lame because of their restriction, Apple doesn't do restriction, why does Google. Why doesn't Google want us to download app or buy anything.
     
  2. LovingTeddy macrumors 6502a

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    Apple does have region restrictions... You need different Apple ID for different countries. Many apps are only available in certain market and you cannot use forign credit card as well.

    I buy lots of musics and booka from Japanese iTunes stores and App Store and I also buy apps from Chinese App Store. I have 5 Apple ID for 5 countries. The only good thing is Apple does not block forign IPs. For example, I am living in Canada and I can still access Japanese App Store. I buy Apps, musics and booka using iTunes gift cards I brought online.
     
  3. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    You live on Gibraltar, so is your phone using a Spanish network or does the UK have something set up for the island? I was there a few years back and I don't recall having any trouble using my phone on England's O2 network (which I think switched to Movistar once I got in Spain?) Been a while, so many memory may be off???
     
  4. mellofello macrumors 65816

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    Just go to the apk mirror website, and sideload your apps. If they are paid apps then you can usually find the apk floating around out there.

    Can't help you on the credit card front. Perhaps you could do a prepaid Visa card from another country.
     
  5. super michael thread starter macrumors regular

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    I use a Gibtelecom Sims card on my mobile phone, which is a gibraltar sims card. I normally use my phone wifi to go online, when i am in gibraltar the apps are region block, while when i am in another country no problem getting apps.

    When i had the Samsung Galaxy tablet i had the same problem, region block in my country and there was no Sims card.

    Is it possible to get visa from another country?
     
  6. Lloydbm41 macrumors 68040

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    If you are using wifi most of the time at home, you might want to look into using a VPN. Should bypass country lock outs since the server will think you are in another country.
    And why not just get a Spanish sim card for your phone? Plenty of pay as you go sim cards available on plenty of Spanish networks.
     
  7. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    For apps you need to purchase. Amazon app store and Galaxy app store has many of the apps that are in the play store. And updates come through as well. Not sure if they have restrictions too.
     

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