Rumor: Windows Phone 7 apps partly blocked in China?

China's access to the Internet is known to be censored thanks to the state government's views on accessing Western media. However it is looking like those firewalls could be extending to downloading apps from the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Technically Windows Phone 7 based devices are not officially on sale in China so there's no local connection to the Marketplace. Before, people who happened to own such a phone could download and update apps by simply changing the phone's location settings to show the phone as operating in the US.

That trick, however, apparently no longer works. WPSauce.com reports that Windows Phone 7 users in China are having issues updating apps from the Marketplace for the past several days. The report blames the "Great Firewall" that China's government has set up. The firewall keeps its citizens from accessing a number of Western-based web sites and services including Facebook, YouTube and others. An update to the same story has the author suspecting Microsoft is to blame. The author claims that he can connect and purchase apps for the Marketplace but cannot actually download them.

If this blockage is from China's government the author suspects that this could be a temporary outage. Nokia has already announced support for releasing Windows Phone 7 based smartphones later this fall and because Nokia is huge in China it's possible that Windows Phone 7 will get its own local connection to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace when the first Nokia WP7 devices are put on sale in that country.

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How long can China expect to keep this up? Eventually they're going to lose control. You can't control something as vast and powerful as the internet forever...

PlogCF said,
How long can China expect to keep this up? Eventually they're going to lose control. You can't control something as vast and powerful as the internet forever...

I 100% agree with this.

Finally, we agree on something.

PlogCF said,
How long can China expect to keep this up? Eventually they're going to lose control. You can't control something as vast and powerful as the internet forever...

Actually I see the rest of the world moving to a more China like model rather than the other way around. You're already seeing it with all the anti piracy stuff. The days of a free internet are coming to an end. Soon it will all be controlled by corporations.

Ji@nBing said,

Actually I see the rest of the world moving to a more China like model rather than the other way around. You're already seeing it with all the anti piracy stuff. The days of a free internet are coming to an end. Soon it will all be controlled by corporations.

I have to agree, hell the first thing you could hear from german politicians after the Oslo thing was that we need stricter control and must get rid of anonymity.

Ji@nBing said,

Actually I see the rest of the world moving to a more China like model rather than the other way around. You're already seeing it with all the anti piracy stuff. The days of a free internet are coming to an end. Soon it will all be controlled by corporations.

I have to agree, hell the first thing you could hear from german politicians after the Oslo thing was that we need stricter control and must get rid of anonymity.

PlogCF said,
How long can China expect to keep this up? Eventually they're going to lose control. You can't control something as vast and powerful as the internet forever...
especially when you upset all the nerds..

Ji@nBing said,

Actually I see the rest of the world moving to a more China like model rather than the other way around. You're already seeing it with all the anti piracy stuff. The days of a free internet are coming to an end. Soon it will all be controlled by corporations.

I would have to disagree with you there, the UK government made it legal to "content shift" CDs and DVDs which kind of makes the anti-piracy stuff somewhat redundant, at least for music and video.

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