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Canadians Losing It! iPhone Apps Segregated by Jurisdiction

lose it! iphone app The bloom has just been taken off my iPhone rose somewhat. Prior to today I thought all iPhone Apps were available in all jurisdictions. Turns out that is not the case.

[June 25, 2009 Update: I was able to download Lose It! using Hotspot Shield on the iPhone. See my post: “How to Use Hotspot Shield to Get U.S.-only iPhone Apps” for details.]

As a Canadian long suffering the woes of countless U.S. web-based and other consumer applications, products and services not being available here, I had been extraordinarily happy with the understanding that iPhone apps would not be blocked by national borders.

After hearing so many comments on how terrific the ‘Lose It!’ iPhone App was, I decided to try it out today. When I tried to access it I got this error message:

iTunes error message - your request could not be completed. The item you've requested is not currently available in the Canadian Store. 

Sad, very sad!

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    I also did the same and now this App is working fine for me.


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    Greg, there are other iphone apps that get at the same idea. Also, there seems to be a way to use Hotspot Shield with iPhones that might make it possible to get it in Canada. I want to test that one day. If/when I do I’ll report back here.rnrnFinally, check out:rnrnhttp://www.gyminee.com/public/indexbrnrnIt’s a terrific free website for tracking calorie intakes. It can also be accessed via an iPhone/iPod Touch. They don’t have an iPhone app, that I know of but they do have an iPhone/iTouch interface that is quite usable on that portable device. You can see it here:rnrnhttp://www.gyminee.com/iphonernrnthough you’ll need an account (they are free for the basic service) to check it out. I have used it on my iPhone.rnrn…Dale


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    Thanks for the post, I was minutes away from buying an ipod touch. One of the main reasons for buying was to use ‘Lose It!’ Now I will reconsider.


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    Yes, I should have been a bit clearer in my original post. I’m not surprised that the Kindle App isn’t available in Canada because the Kindle is not available in Canada. Any app that deals with underlying geo-restricted IP rights/content (eg: TV shows and movies) would, unfortunately be as restricted as the underlying content.nnWhat’s surprising about ‘Lose it’ is that there is no underlying product/IP that would be restricted by borders. I can’t imagine that they obtained rights to nutritional information that they cannot export across borders (for example). So I’m still flumoxed by this one.nn…Dale


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    Yep, this isn’t new. I wanted badly to download the IceTV app from Australia several months ago. They were the first to make a full-on program guide and what not.


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    Yep, this isn't new. I wanted badly to download the IceTV app from Australia several months ago. They were the first to make a full-on program guide and what not.


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    I just tried to download this same app and subsequently found your post about it. I am also in Canada and get frustrated by this. Just a few days ago I tried to download the free Kindle iPhone app and ran into the same geo-restricted problems.


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    Thanks for the post, I was minutes away from buying an ipod touch. One of the main reasons for buying was to use 'Lose It!' Now I will reconsider.


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    Greg, there are other iphone apps that get at the same idea. Also, there seems to be a way to use Hotspot Shield with iPhones that might make it possible to get it in Canada. I want to test that one day. If/when I do I'll report back here.

    Finally, check out:

    http://www.gyminee.com/public/indexb

    It's a terrific free website for tracking calorie intakes. It can also be accessed via an iPhone/iPod Touch. They don't have an iPhone app, that I know of but they do have an iPhone/iTouch interface that is quite usable on that portable device. You can see it here:

    http://www.gyminee.com/iphone

    though you'll need an account (they are free for the basic service) to check it out. I have used it on my iPhone.

    …Dale

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