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How to Install Country Restricted PlayBook Apps in App World


Most people who live outside of the US and Canada have usually experienced BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook apps that are not available in their country. While there are a few drastic things you can do to change that on BlackBerry smartphones there is a relatively easy way to bypass this restriction on the BlackBerry PlayBook. It all involves using HTTP proxies to make RIM’s App World servers think you are in the country where the app is restricted to. 🙂

Keeper was kind enough to list out how exactly to pull this off in the forums and I highly recommend you check it out if you have a PlayBook and live outside the US. It involves using free or paid HTTP proxies and is pretty easy to setup. Let us know if it works for you!

PS: If you already pay for a VPN service to access content in the US (Hulu, Pandora, etc) you may want to try it out instead.

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  1. I’ve recently had problems with this technique as Appworld would simply refuse to load.
    Also, OS updates are country specific and the tablet will ask you to get a delta update when you switch country.

    And I’d be curious to know which VPN providers are compatible with the PlayBook since it doesn’t support the most common VPN protocols that consumers use (PPTP, SSTP and OpenVPN)…

  2. i just tried this trick and it doesn’t work. It seems the app world already has your country details and device network details on your blackberry ID login. when i tried the trick the app world gave me an error message saying my device profile and region doesnt currently have an access to the application. I am trying to download the blackberry news app and also the xmen magazine which seems to be only available to specific countries

  3. Sorry guys I am not an expert since I live in the US but feel free to continue the discussion in the forum thread. They know this stuff much better than I do.

  4. Thanks again Ronen for the info

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