Using a US iPad in a country that doesn't have an iTunes store

Discussion in 'iPad' started by frez, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. frez macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2005
    I intend to buy an iPad in the US, however I will be traveling to a country that doesn't have its own specific regional iTunes store.

    Will I be able to buy apps, music, videos etc or can I only do it while in the US?

  2. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    You can create US itunes account and load it with itunes gift cards.
  3. frez thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Thanks for the quick reply Consultant. :)

    So to confirm:

    1. Buy iTunes gift cards in the US
    2. Add them to a US iTunes account
    3. While traveling, login to that account
    4. Buy/Download apps

    Also, what happens if I run out of credit while traveling, can I just get someone to buy me more US iTunes cards and then I can load up from where I am? Or can I buy iTunes Gift Cards online while overseas and use them?
    I don't need to be in the US to add them ... right?

    I know it's a lot of questions - but before I plunk down all the $$, I just want to confirm that this works 100%?
  4. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Hey frez, If you got friends that can buy from reputable stores, that's the easiest.

    Basically it's a code entered into the account.

    You don't have to be in the US to add them, but someone has either mail it to you or add them.
  5. mrboult macrumors 6502


    Jul 29, 2008
    London, England
    You don't def' need the gift cards.

    Are you from the US? If you are from a country that has the iTunes app store then all you need is a Credit card registered in that country, set up your account and then your fine to download from anywhere.
  6. Mawal macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2010
    yep, that's it. Set up your US account with a US based paypal or credit card account and you're just fine.

    There is no problem whatsoever using an US Itunes account from outside the US. I access my US Itunes account from Europe on a regular basis. There is no IP check on the Itunes store, whereas with Hulu or amazon it is a different matter. They will only work with an US IP.
  7. frez thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Thanks everyone. :)

    I am in the US - but will be spending some time out of the country.

    Sounds like there are some good options there.

  8. JReynolds macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2009
    Where the Air Force sends me
    I recently deployed and ran into a problem downloading apps onto my iPad. I ended up emailing Apple and telling them my situation and they fixed it within 24 hrs.

    Maybe shoot them an email so you don't have to worry about running out of iTunes gift cards, you'll be able to just use your debit card associated with your iTunes account like normal.

    Good luck.
  9. peled macrumors member


    Dec 19, 2010
    My iPAD was bought in London.
    I am in Israel, and have no problem with surfing the iTune Store buying stuff
  10. yourdailyapple macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2010
    There are no country restrictions, so don't worry everything will work fine.
  11. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Foreigners can't get US credit cards easily

    But if you got US credit card, that's the best way.
  12. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    I can confirm that is accurate...

    I spent a week in South America, and was able to access and buy from the U.S. iTunes AppStore, as I already had a US account. No problems found.
  13. sactownbwoy macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2008
    I was in Japan, bought a U.S. ipad and logged into my U.S. account and was happily downloading stuff. It doesn't where you are at, it matters what country your itunes account is linked to.

    Also with regards to Amazon. I could log into my U.S. Amazon account and order stuff all the time. I am a Marine so I had a "U.S." address to have stuff mailed to and if an item couldn't be shipped FPO, AP I would use I accessed Amazon from my off-base residence. On a side note, I miss it over there, 100 megabit fiber to the home for about $60 dollars a month.

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