05-04-2009 04:23 PM
Probably true, yes. It may even be related to the fact that purchases must be made through PayPal (somehow related to PayPal's contractual obligations).
Any BB in the world (on an applicable network of course) should be able to physically connect, download the BB App, and use it (as well as PayPal) as well as anyone else. They all have the same capabilities as BB phones in the US, but the difference is probably related to the legal ramifications of the app world as applied to wireless network providers across the world. Xandrex has the right idea. The phones could easily manage the App World, as soon as RIM can appropriate the right amount of attention to working with the carriers in other countries, and satisfying whatever conditions they surely have.