The dilemma of Form-R for iOS developers in Pakistan

If you are an iOS developer based in Pakistan and use your iTunes connect account for selling paid apps, you must have seen this email from apple. From now onwards you have to fill this Form R and submit it every month to receive your payments. Every month, you heard it right EVERY MONTH.

Why Form R?

Actually it has something to do with State Bank of Pakistan or some similar authority not letting the payments directly land to the developers’ account. Barclays bank is Apple’s partner bank in the country and they distribute payments to all developers every month. To process these payments now, Barclays bank needs a filled Form R from all developers every month. Big pain?

How to fill Form-R?

While I was freaking out about it, this still doesn’t seem to be that bad at all. Here is the process you have to follow:

1. Log in to your iTunes Connect account and note your payment amount and payment date. You have to send this Form R within 2 weeks of this payment date.
2. Get hold of a copy of Form R. If you have not received it from Apple, you can download Form R from www.basitali.com/downloads/docs/PKFormR.pdf
3. Print form R and print it out.
4. Provide following addresses in “Sender” field on Form R

— Apple Inc., 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014
— iTunes S.a.r.l, 31-33 rue Sainte Zithe, Luxembourg L-273, Luxembourg

5. Mention the amount you can see in iTunes Connect’s Payment section (done in step 1).
6. In the end provide your name, address, telephone number and email address in the beneficiary section. Make sure you include all this information so that Barclays bank can process your payment.
7. Sign the form
8. Put this form R in an envelop and Courier this to following address:
— Barclays Bank PLC, Pakistan, 13 – C, College Road, F- 7 Markaz, Islamabad
Hint: If you are being lazy and don’t wanna go drop it at a courier outlet, you can call Call Courier Service at 111-786-227 and they’ll come and pick the letter from you 😉

What is Form R?

As the title says, Form R is a declaration of foreign remittance receipt above Rs. 10,000 for purpose other than Export and family maintenance. Well, while it says Rs. 10,000 on the title, Apple tells us to make sure to fill the form for whatever amount is coming in. Moreover, while I could put iTunes payment under software export, the banks are actually going to differ with my opinion here. And I also like the year 1947 on the title of the form 🙂

I’m sure this is going to work out and if you follow this process every month, you’ll be receiving your payments on time every month. Please do share your experience with me whether you succeed or you have any issues. Drop me a line on @basitj.

 

Santa Tracker for Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone

Christmas is just around the corner and we’re sure kids are the most excited ones among all. The big question is, where is Santa Claus right now? This little app on your Windows phone can tell you Santa’s location on a neatly drawn Google map. If you have a Nokia Lumia 920 or another Windows 8 or Windows 7 phone, you can download this app from the windows marketplace.

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BlackBerry App World and BIS working in Pakistan now!

Yeah, that’sso cool, BlackBerry App World as well as BlackBerry Internet Services – BIS is fully operational in Pakistan now. I’ve checked it both on Ufone as well as Mobilink. I can download both paid and free apps on my phone and playbook now. This means you’ll be reading more reviews of cool new BlackBerry apps on my blog now onwards.

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Pakistan - BlackBerry App World - Research in Motion

How to download App World in Pakistan

If you are a BlackBerry user, first thing you should do is get hold of BlackBerry App World on your phone or PlayBook( if you don’t have it already). You can get it by hitting this link from your mobile or PlayBook tablet.

Payment Mode

To download paid BlackBerry apps, you can pay either via Credit Card or you can use a PayPal account. Please not, Paypal is not supported in Pakistan yet.

Photo Editor by Pepper.pk hits the top of the world, yet again.

I’m happy to share the news that Photo Editor, a BlackBerry app by Pepper.pk has hit the #1 slot on BlackBerry App World again. Photo Editor has been in top 20 apps since it hit the top slot back in December. The quality and features this app provides have won the hearts of BlackBerry users all around the world.

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You can also download the app from App World and if you dont have access to App World, you can get it from Pepper.pk’s website.

Get ready for useless apps flooding App World

BlackBerry App World has been quite a decent place to get apps for your phone. If you are a BlackBerry user, you know what I mean, and if you don’t, you will see the change very soon because of the two announcements, one of which came just a couple of days ago.

BlackBerry waives the registration and submission fees

Though, the site says it’s a limited time offer, which it really could be, but I can predict that it will continue to be a permanent offer. I have a reason to believe so, because App-World has been hungry for getting more content published by third party and grow the store very quickly. Moreover, the hunger is reflected in another change that came pretty much un-announced or was less visible.

BlackBerry App World accepts 0.99 and 1.99 apps now

This happened more than a month ago. Before that, the BlackBerry apps prices were restricted to be $2.99 as a minimum or Free if the vendor wants. The idea of adding smaller price slab possibility is to allow vendors to sell lesser value apps and to bring cut-throat competition causing users to pull down their app and content prices even lower than 2.99.

What Next?

On the positive side, BlackBerry App-World, with above two changes will drastically grow in next few months in terms of number of apps and themes available. The users will have a wider set of options when choosing and downloading apps.

On the down side, the users will come across more useless apps that usually don’t add any value for them. As a result they will end up wasting time and money on these apps, at least some of them will, till the app gets negative reviews to land at the bottom.

So, here we are with the change and lets watch it happening now!

BlackBerry apps that add value to your phone – Part 2

I’ve already posted a number of useful apps that you should at least have on your BlackBerry phones to start with. Today I’ll give you a few more apps links to try out. If you have not tried these apps out, I’m sure you’ll love them. Here is today’s list:

Quick Search with Google

Quick Google Search This app will allow you to search the web using the popular Google Search and its very quick to use. Doesn’t sound too interesting of you think the browser is good enough? Just give it a try, its free. Download here.

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AOL Instant Messenger

Have you been using AOL messenger for your instant  messaging and you have all your friends on AOL? Just download this free app by RIM and stay in touch with your friends on your BB. Here’s the download link.

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ICQ

ICQ for BlackBerryDo I need to say more? This is obviously instant messageing clicent for ICQ and you can download it here.

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BlackBerry App World

BlackBerry App World DownloadLast but not least, this is where all the other apps reside. Yes, BlackBerry app world is the on-device application store where you can download and buy apps for your BlackBerry. Most probably your phone came pre-installed with this app, if not, you can go to the download site and download the app world.

This concludes the two-part posts series that showcases RIM’s own applications that you should always have on your device to increase productivity and access to your social networks. We will also see some useful third-party apps in my posts to come.

Download BlackBerry App World in an unsupported country

** Update **

Guys, following post is no more valid. Even if you get App World on your phone, it will not connect to the server as long as you are in an un-supported country connected through an un-supported career.

BlackBerry App WOrldBlackBerry App Worldis RIM’s official application store for BlackBerry Apps. Quite interestingly, the app store is not available in all countries. There is a list of countries that are supported and many countries are left out. The store is available in countries like United Sates, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany France and a few more to buy and download apps. In addition, App World is also available in some countries where people can only download Free apps. They cannot buy these apps. App World with free-apps-only mode is available in countries like China, Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong, Thailand etc. You can view the whole list of supported countries here.

If you are not in a country where BlackBerry app world is supported, you are out of luck. You can’t download the app world from RIM’s website. Though we have a bit of a workaround for that. You can user your BlackBerry browser to hit this link :  http://bit.ly/bbappsworld . Make sure you open it using your BlackBerry phone, not your PC browser to launch the installer that will install BlackBerry app world  on your phone. Please note that you will not be able to buy or view any paid app but you will be able to download, use and review the free apps at least.

Compatibility

I have tested this link on BlackBerry Bold 9700 as well as on a Storm 9530. Let me know if it works for your or not.