Windows Phone Marketplace to add 23 more countries

Microsoft has plans to once again expand where Windows Phone-based apps are sold around the world. Today, the Windows Phone Developers blog site posted up word that Microsoft will offer the Windows Phone Marketplace to an additional 23 countries, bringing the total of countries that support the download store to 63.

The new countries that will be added in the near future are Bahrain, Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, Iceland, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, Venezuela and Vietnam. Microsoft previously added Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru and the Philippines for Windows Phone Marketplace support earlier in February.

Microsoft's Joe Belifore states in the new blog update:

In terms of actual potential app customers, the addition of new price points and customers in China and the other new markets represents a near 60 (percent) increase in the total addressable market for Windows Phone.

He adds that Microsoft has seen a massive 300 percent increase in the number of apps that are published on Windows Phone Marketplace every day.

As we previously reported, Microsoft has now released a new test SDK for Windows Phone developers that will allow them to set their apps that are designed to run on Windows Phones with just on 256 MB of RAM.

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I'm surprised to see Bulgaria on this list. I'm still going to keep using my US-based Live ID. I just hope this means there's also going to be a Bulgarian keyboard added, that's all that matters to me.

wolftail said,
The App Hub will still not be available in some of those countries including Romania.

You can still publish apps via partners

We still need solution to change the region without resetting the phone. I bought HTC 7 Mozart a year before Nokia Lumia 800 is available in Malaysia and now I'm stuck with Singapore Marketplace without any way to get into local Marketplace.

FarCry3r said,
We still need solution to change the region without resetting the phone. I bought HTC 7 Mozart a year before Nokia Lumia 800 is available in Malaysia and now I'm stuck with Singapore Marketplace without any way to get into local Marketplace.

The issue with the marketplace is not the phone location. Is your Windows Live account location.

Go to Language settings and change the System Locale to United States English (or wherever you are).

Keep in mind your xbox billing account would need to be USA english as well.

Razorfolds said,
Go to Language settings and change the System Locale to United States English (or wherever you are).

Keep in mind your xbox billing account would need to be USA english as well.


Nope. Still the same. However, I did noticed that after changing the phone locale to Malaysia, I lose the Bing's Vision, Scout and Voice.

sviola said,

The issue with the marketplace is not the phone location. Is your Windows Live account location.


Yes, before Lumia 800 launched here, the only way we can have access to the Xbox Live is by setting our country to either US or Singapore. Now we're stuck with either one and MS doesn't allow us to change the country setting anymore

Do you're government lets you send money to foreign countries easily? Do you have paypal? Do your country supports international debit visa card?

Well, I'm from Bangladesh. It's developing country so out govt. is very restricted about sending money to other countries and so we don't have any easy way to pay online like paypal. So WP Marketplace is not coming to my country . However, I can download free software from Windows Marketplace though I can't buy any.

*What's wrong with Neowin, why can't I edit my own comment?*