04-20-2013 03:00 PM - edited 04-20-2013 03:02 PM
Blackberry will not allow access to a BB World account if you do not have a blackberry device.
NOTE: I was able to create an account, but NOT ADD APPS to my account. It refuses to sign me in and browse apps from my account. It will allow me to browse apps as a guest.
I tried, and it requires you to set a device, and to register from that device. I do not have a BB device yet, but I plan on purchasing one soon; meanwhile, I would like to start adding apps to my BB World account (so I don't forget later, or to take advantage of sale prices etc). Sadly, BB will not allow this. You must have a device to add apps to your account.
I think this is a mistake. Why would BB deny potential customers? Why not allow customers to start investing time and money into browsing and purchasing apps for a platform, even if they do not have a device to use those apps yet? So what if they never end up using them? I don't see that as a problem for BB or the developers...
I was also unable to find an email address to contact BB directly about this, so I am posting this here. Would love to get an answer from BB directly, as well as other member support on this.
Edit: I am referring specifically to BB10 apps.
04-21-2013 01:42 AM
This is a rare thing anyone would want to do. However you can get in touch with blackberry through their twitter account at @Blackberryhelp or at the following contact:
04-21-2013 05:38 AM
Thank you for the contact info, especially the email, which for some reason I was having a terrible time finding.
I agree, this is likely not a common thing for people to do. As such, if for some reason it would present great difficulties and require much work and effort, then I can understand why this is the case.
However, if it is simply a matter of adding a "I do not have a device yet" option when signing in, then there is no loss for anybody I should think...
I have great enthusiasm for the platform, which is why I wish to start adding apps as I read reviews etc in preparation for when I acquire my BB10 device. Who knows, maybe there are others out there...
04-21-2013 05:42 AM
The possible reason maybe the added cost of the database BlackBerry will have to maintain of the people who do not own devices and may never end up buying one.
04-21-2013 11:35 AM
Thank you, it's an interesting thought... and it got me thinking. But then the only space it would take is a list of apps selected and possibly paid for. In other words, little more than a wish list really. And they stand to make some money from potential sales.
I emailed BlackBerry about this, and I am awaiting their reply.