International transaction fee fixed for Australian Windows Phone Marketplace

Australian Windows Phone 7 residents will be happy to hear that istartedsomething is reporting that the issue with the Windows Phone Marketplace billing system has been now been fixed. The issue was first noticed when an international surcharge fee was being added to the invoice for each application bought when paying via credit card, back in early November last year.

The root of the cause was due to the fact that the processing of the application purchase was carried out in Microsoft's Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore, making any purchase on the Australian Windows Phone Marketplace classed as an international payment according to the banks. Being sly and cunning, the banks would happily slap the international surcharge fee on top of what the application originally cost, making the $0.99 application actually $1.99.

Microsoft has now been so kind and should be applauded given the circumstances of the issue to setup a local transaction facility in Sydney, Australia, so that users will now no longer be hit with the international surcharge fee from the banks.

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Sigh now all they need to do is allow the account region to be changed - Microsoft don't like you moving countries... my Live ID is permantently stuck to the USA, but how nice that I can change it, if I want, to one of the NEW xbox live regions like South Africa. I do not understand why it can't be changed to OTHER regions, once per 12 months.

I don't want to sound ungrateful, but you can claim that banks are "sly and cunning" all you wish, someone at MS had to know about this and it all comes from that fact that in general I believe that Microsoft under-services Aussies.

Although it is very nice that MS has made an effort to fix this issue.

Goood to see Microsoft

Now bring out all the hardware we are missing out on and we might be able to start a steady frendship

Byron_Hinson said,
Now they just need to fix app and games prices and things might improve!

Probably never going to happen - they're intentionally higher priced because Microsoft wants developers to get their monies worth from their apps. They don't want a situation similar to the iOS app store where everyone had a rush to undercut each other with cheaper prices and then forcing everyone else to undercharge for their apps as well, or end up not being competitive. Which, the end user might like, but not exactly something developers are happy with.

So, Microsoft encourages you to feel comfortable charging what you think your app is worth. A lot of them are worth far more than the 99p they're sold for, considering the large amount of work that goes into them.