Greece Limits Online Payments, Affects Apple App Store, iTunes, and PayPal

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Earlier this week, Greece enacted capital control restrictions to control the outflow of money, limiting international credit card payments to web services like Apple’s App Store and iTunes.

The preventative measures began to affect Apple customers in Greece on Tuesday when iCloud Drive subscribers were met with service disruptions if their plan was up for renewal. Apple customers in the region have little recourse but to let the subscription service payments lapse, at least until Greece lifts the ban.

The situation is unfortunate given the release of Apple Music on Tuesday. The ban is affecting other subscription and payment services as well, including PayPal. PayPal, which is central to a lot of online transactions, is unusable for most people. In a statement, PayPal said:

“We are carefully monitoring the situation in Greece and progress of negotiations between the Greek government and its lenders.

Due to the recent decisions of the Greek authorities on capital controls, funding of PayPal wallet from Greek bank accounts, as well as cross-border transactions funded by any cards or bank accounts are currently not available.”

This is not the biggest issue faced by the country, however it is another frustration point for citizens and yet another headache for developers and startups who are already struggling. Greeks have been taking to social media to express their concerns to the government.

If you are currently living in Greece, what do you think of the situation? let us know in the comments below.

[via TheNextWeb]

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  • Cornfed710

    Insane

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    DRAFT
    i understand in canada all of You are quite distant from the matter and without current and necessary foundations and principles, for full comprehension of political and economical mechanism in EU however, referring to these problems and issues and calling greeks citizens only to express an opinion is rather offensive. ( for both greeks and europeans ) Although EU member states are independent to a certain extent however politically only, ( still bound in fact to rules and regulations and for the privilege to access and to keep access to EU consumer market) many EU members states and the majority of which are catholic background EU member states, currently do not abide by legal terms to stay and trade within EU. All of US in Europe are rather satisfied and relieved, Greece is actually leading the way for the rest of europe, and to finally get merchants on their knees in front of a consumer market that is worth it 28 member states and 500M citizens. ( i.e: soon enough terms and condition for foreigner companies and merchants to keep privileges to access EU consumer market will change, and with clear and sound constraints to benefit protectionism of skills and abilities earned through EU universities faculties, and protectionism of EU associates of a profession. very much like the USA conditions to access US market ). all of the above however will also apply to multi-nationals subsidiaries in EU, currently too many and with too many merchants labourers and workers costing too much to the consumer market. ( i.e: enhancing logistics for deliveries of goods to EU consumer market will be required, jobs and costs cuttings will follow thereafter, and cuttings unnecessary services broadcasted from outside EU will likely be mandatory. whether broadcasting is radio broadcasting or steaming music, that doesn’t matter. A license obtained from EU government institutions, is mandatory to broadcast, stream and communicate to EU consumer market and citizens ) DRAFT

  • FragilityG4

    Isn’t Greece bankrupt?

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    @FragilityG4:disqus – well, we are not there in greece, are we ? All we know is what media write and broadcast about greece, and we are not that naive to believe everything media want US to believe. We are not africans, nor catholics, WE ARE EUROPEANS, a totally different ” world ” with much much higher I.Q. = ” WE BELIEVE WHAT IS CONVENIENT TO US ONLY, JUST LIKE REAL AND AUTHENTIC UNIVERSITY GRADUATES ” )

  • Tim

    Greece is a fiscal basket case and they should blame a lack of political will on their own leaders and populace as an extension of that for the problems they now face. I vote NDP, but the one thing about canada is that when our fiscal house is in dire need, we get our sh*t together. The romanow NDP of the 90’s in Saskatchewan were the first to balance a budget after decades of insane spending across the provinces and federal government.

    Greece has no one to blame but themselves. Look at your revenues and expenditures and make tough choices when necessary. If you can’t do that, deal with it.

  • Cornfed710

    Pretty much

  • FragilityG4

    So you’re claiming that Greece is not bankrupt? And that what the media is reporting about the EU needing to bail them out, again, is a fabrication? Why is the ‘media’ out to get Greece? Please enlighten me, you seem to know so much more than, well everyone since we are all with low IQ’s.

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    DRAFT
    @FragilityG4:disqus – Am not saying greece isn’t bankrupt, am I ? Am just saying we can’t really believe what media are telling US, any longer ( catholic church of rome, i.e: fags, Africans and latin americans, are not trustworthy and likewise their servants: Rep. of Ireland, Italy, poland and Kingdom of spain aren’t trustworthy yet )

    I don’t believe media are in anyway out to get greece, media aren’t independent and they write or broadcast what they are told to. Now, capitalism and the connected countries and member states, are still the richest and wealthiest, money in fact can help DO basically anything ( Principles and Foundations of capitalism: “Anything can be purchased and anything can be sold thereafter ” ) .
    Money then can make people DO, write and broadcast anything, or anything that is most convenient to US and even on this very matter about greece nevertheless, 300M Euros were just ” burnt out ” on several EU stock exchanges the other day, when Greece announced intentions, 300 M euros in investments were in fact just transferred to some other countries or markets, and away from european union member states, where very unstable governments with inept communist public administrations, and not wise enough for driving and leading EU, have created too risky conditions for any of US, capitalism, to keep investments in europe. Consequently events to shake stock markets and for US to take investments back to US, was necessary and functional .

    @TIM, I can’t and i won’t get into canadian political and economical matter however, canadians themselves now living or working in EU, admit canadians pretend not to be like americans however, same canadians living and maybe working in EU also making statements canada being just like US without the guns.

    having said so, political and economical matter in EU and EU member states, are way too complicated and definitely far from general accountancy, such as revenues and expenditures documents, or income and costs, profits and losses and even far from simple financial statements. Communism in EU implies hiring inept and ignorants and even within public administration, for they come cheap and they don’t know what they are actually doing, inept and ignorants who cannot realize and understand when they’re committing criminal offence or when they get on with non-legit activities/tasks. (i.e: sub-culture and bad habits or non legit customary proceedings, of the catholic church of rome’ africans, latin-americans, fags etc etc.. and hiring inept and ignorants ). Consequences are waste of money, time and financial resources and then a need of resources coming from criminal markets, closing eyes when rep. of Ireland with their african friends, italy and poland together with kingdom of spain and their latin-american friends, get on with money laundering, associates exploitation, smuggling, illegal immigration, racketeering by means of their labourer unions, etc. etc.

    last but not least : ” anybody can make it a success with a recipe such as ms. Merkel’s. Getting rid of germans and associates of a profession with real and authentic skills and abilities as well as real and authentic university education and degree, who were coming from the then RFD ( federal rep. of germany ) , hiring germans from the then DDR ( eastern germany ) and together with polish’ relocating ( or migrating ) to germany, then paying DDR germans and polish’ with peanuts, ( AKA: lowering the labour cost by employing inept and ignorants who come cheap ), is something that we all have seen in the past of europe and we all know well. However what is to be deprecated the most, is catholic germans and polish’ being ungrateful to RFD germans who worked hard and with accuracy to rebuild post-nazi germany, and so ungrateful polish’ and DDR germans pretending they made effort to build today’s germany, ( <- reviews and corrections required. ) DRAFT

  • FragilityG4

    Oh you’re a conspiracy theorist and a boarder line racist … My mistake, I mistook you for someone who acts has a valid point.

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    @FragilityG4:disqus – If you were to be an irish-american , i could reply ” look who is talking, a hypocrite of a community by far the most racist community in the whole USA territory ” however, for God knows what your background is, i can reply with a british multinational director and financial controller words, ” well yeah ! we are a bit of racist in britain “.
    and from me, i definitely share the capitalism views, ” Anything goes to keep ourselves rich and wealthy, even London classist societies, ( UK ), at times pretending being racist to avoid sharing financial resources, money and avoiding sharing time with someone who doesn’t have what we want, avoiding wasting time with someone with no will and no abilities to pay for what they ask “

  • FragilityG4

    Wow you sure have all the insight into what is wrong in our world. You read those deep internet posts who have the “real news” wearing your double roll tin foil hat protecting your brain from any cranial scan or penetration by humans or extraterrestrials. You know the way to avoid the propaganda spread by the illuminati, free masons and Major League Baseball. I wish my IQ was as superior as yours, then and maybe only then, I could spread the good word on an iPhone blog.

    Peace (if you believe it can exist)

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    none of US give a damn about peace, capitalism make money out of someone going to war. ( intellectual property and patents paid to capitalist companies licensing manufacturers of weapons ) ….and none of US give a damn about what happens in a territory with a on-going conflict. ( i.e: for as long as all of US in capitalism world and western societies, keep staying rich and wealthy, we just don’t give a damn about what happens to others ). i take it none of EU have NYC university. ( real and authentic university )

  • FragilityG4

    Yawn.

  • reasonable

    Racist? Not border line at all, this Atom Barn-ass guy or whatever he calls himself.

  • reasonable

    Yes, Tim. The Greek government has been flagrantly wasting money all along. They should pay back all of the 240 Euro debt, or face sanctions.

  • reasonable

    Look for a black market Internet economy, so the Greek people can get around this latest attempt by the government to clobber them. Like bitcoin purchases laundered through something ending up paying for Apple stuff.

  • reasonable

    Son, are you translating these comments from Slovakian to Frisian in Google Translate, then from Frisian to Klingon, and then from Klingon to Mandarin, and from Mandarin, to English? And then pasting it here?

    It sure looks like it.

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    @disqus_KQD5iEUkks:disqus – funny enough, your mates claiming being canadians could actually follow and reply to the whole conversation and making sense. ( i.e: they had no comprehension issues )

    WHOOPS, stupid me ! You might be an irish, (i.e catholic irish from rep.of ireland ) pretending You don’t understand and to make an attempt to keep a monopoly on english communication and statements. No wonder why EU regulators and international criminal court of justice in the hague, requested to US a file and a evaluation with all criminal offences and felonies, and a evaluation with all illegal as well as non legit customary proceedings or activities, catholic irish in EU are addicted to.
    (incl. and no limitation to telling lies to police station officers and to court magistrates, when accusing other EU citizens)
    UHMM, is this the reason why irish europeans are considered racist and nazist too?
    I believe irish europeans are smart enough to pretend being fiends and partners with africans, and in fact just using the latter to make them commit criminal offences, felonies, and get africans into pursuing non-legit activities, damaging EU citizens and attempting to rip US off of our own capitalist financial resources, and when selling rubbish to our own consumer market.
    Merchants ! that ‘s exactly what merchants ( catholics and catholic irish too ) are addicted to.