How to set up a US iTunes Account in Canada: Round 2

I know I don’t need to remind you, this is for Educational Purposes Only! Happy Post-Valentines Everyone, here’s our loving gift to you…

A couple weeks ago we let you know that, yes, it was possible to set up a US iTunes Account in Canada. Well now we have further information about this. The research monkey’s here at iPhoneinCanada.ca have come across another method of setting up a US account in Canada, and this time you don’t even need to leave your house. Best of all, it’s free! You do not have to buy a MasterCard Gift Card or US iTunes gift certificate from the states.

All you need is an iPhone App promo code. Don’t have one of those? Well, as it turns out, I’ll be giving away a few at the end of this article!

So how is it that you  set up a US iTunes Account in Canada with an App promo code? Easy.

First, Sign Out of iTunes.

Second, go to the main iTunes Store Page and scroll to the bottom and switch over to the US iTunes Store. Now, on the top-right you’ll find a link that says “Redeem”. Click It.

After you enter in your Promo Code,  iTunes will ask you to sign in. Instead, click “Create Account” and then “Continue”.

From here, it’s pretty strait forward. Fill in the email address and other account details you want to create your new account on. When it asks for your address, just enter in the US address of a friend or family member,  preferably one who lives in Delaware or Oregon, as they don’t pay state tax.

When iTunes asks you for a credit card, select “None” as you will be redeeming your promo code.

>>> One word of warning at this point. This means that you will only be able to download Free Apps or Apps for which you have Promo Codes, unless you get a US iTunes Gift Certificate or Add a MasterCard Gift Card later  – as there will be no card on file to purchase TV,  movies,  music,  etc with.

Finish up, and you should automatically download the App that you entered your code for, and then you’ll have a new US iTunes Account. Created from the comfort of your living room, and with a grand total cost of $0.

Remember your iPhone will automatically stay on whichever iTunes account you’re signed in on when you sync. Switching between accounts is pretty seamless, and hasn’t caused me any problems thus far.

I think it’s time I announced the  winner of my very most-favorite Calendar Sync App, SaiSuke: @Sylanel from Twitter. Congrats! And for our next giveaway I have a few Tweetie App Codes left over from Twestival Toronto.

Same drill as always – comment here indicating you’d like the App or Follow Me and send me a Tweet on Twitter (@ChantelleJoytwt). I’m going to give this one some time since I have THREE promo codes to give away, so I’ll announce the winners later this week!

Everyone let me know what you think of the new method of setting up the accounts, and definitly feel free to ask any questions, I’ll answer as best I can.

  • Guest

    Thanks for the info. 😉

  • Guest

    Thanks for the info. 😉

  • Dusty

    Thanks for the info. 😉

  • dashparr

    Cool post. Now when I see contests online for promo codes I don’t have to ask if it’s for US customers only! Haha. Count me in for a chance to win Tweetie!

  • dashparr

    Cool post. Now when I see contests online for promo codes I don’t have to ask if it’s for US customers only! Haha. Count me in for a chance to win Tweetie!

  • dashparr

    Cool post. Now when I see contests online for promo codes I don’t have to ask if it’s for US customers only! Haha. Count me in for a chance to win Tweetie!

  • Mystique

    Hey ChantelleJoy!
    Cool post….I do have a US iTunes account but I’m wondering if I’m doing something wrong?
    I have a US gift card and the US account is ‘loaded’ up but my iphone won’t let me purchase directly on my iPhone from the US account, only the Canadian one.
    Again, was just wondering if I had done something wrong or if anyone else has had this problem?
    I should say though that I can purchase from the US iTunes store from my laptop, no problem and there isn’t any issue whatsoever with syncing the purchased US AppStore app afterwards….
    Gr8 post & thanx so much for the really helpful info…..

  • Mystique

    Hey ChantelleJoy!
    Cool post….I do have a US iTunes account but I’m wondering if I’m doing something wrong?
    I have a US gift card and the US account is ‘loaded’ up but my iphone won’t let me purchase directly on my iPhone from the US account, only the Canadian one.
    Again, was just wondering if I had done something wrong or if anyone else has had this problem?
    I should say though that I can purchase from the US iTunes store from my laptop, no problem and there isn’t any issue whatsoever with syncing the purchased US AppStore app afterwards….
    Gr8 post & thanx so much for the really helpful info…..

  • Mystique

    Hey ChantelleJoy!
    Cool post….I do have a US iTunes account but I’m wondering if I’m doing something wrong?
    I have a US gift card and the US account is ‘loaded’ up but my iphone won’t let me purchase directly on my iPhone from the US account, only the Canadian one.
    Again, was just wondering if I had done something wrong or if anyone else has had this problem?
    I should say though that I can purchase from the US iTunes store from my laptop, no problem and there isn’t any issue whatsoever with syncing the purchased US AppStore app afterwards….
    Gr8 post & thanx so much for the really helpful info…..

  • Mystique

    Oops, forgot to tell u: I’d luv to enter your contest for one of the ‘promo apps’…& am now following u on Twitter. Will send u a Tweet in just a few seconds….soon as I post this 🙂

  • Mystique

    Oops, forgot to tell u: I’d luv to enter your contest for one of the ‘promo apps’…& am now following u on Twitter. Will send u a Tweet in just a few seconds….soon as I post this 🙂

  • Mystique

    Oops, forgot to tell u: I’d luv to enter your contest for one of the ‘promo apps’…& am now following u on Twitter. Will send u a Tweet in just a few seconds….soon as I post this 🙂

  • Justin

    I would love a promo code please

  • Justin

    I would love a promo code please

  • Justin

    I would love a promo code please

  • Danny

    I’d love a chance to win Tweetie! (or anything really, I just want a US account!)

  • Danny

    I’d love a chance to win Tweetie! (or anything really, I just want a US account!)

  • Danny

    I’d love a chance to win Tweetie! (or anything really, I just want a US account!)

  • Jimbo2NR

    I’d appreciate a hook up!

  • Jimbo2NR

    I’d appreciate a hook up!

  • Jimbo2NR

    I’d appreciate a hook up!

  • Sylanel

    Nice info for all iPhone users out there Chantelle. Also, a big thank you very much for SaiSuke. I’ve started using it and I’m quite impressed thus far. The lite version sure does not compare to the full version. It gives an “idea”, but not more.

    As a side note to your article, it would be worth letting all users new to the US account in Canada that once you have a US application in your iTunes list, the “Check for Updates” function will not work anymore as long as the US app is in your list. I’m working on finding a workaround to this situation, but I haven’t been successful yet. Remember that you will still be able to update any of your apps directly from the iPhone though.

    Cheers everyone!

  • Sylanel

    Nice info for all iPhone users out there Chantelle. Also, a big thank you very much for SaiSuke. I’ve started using it and I’m quite impressed thus far. The lite version sure does not compare to the full version. It gives an “idea”, but not more.

    As a side note to your article, it would be worth letting all users new to the US account in Canada that once you have a US application in your iTunes list, the “Check for Updates” function will not work anymore as long as the US app is in your list. I’m working on finding a workaround to this situation, but I haven’t been successful yet. Remember that you will still be able to update any of your apps directly from the iPhone though.

    Cheers everyone!

  • Sylanel

    Nice info for all iPhone users out there Chantelle. Also, a big thank you very much for SaiSuke. I’ve started using it and I’m quite impressed thus far. The lite version sure does not compare to the full version. It gives an “idea”, but not more.

    As a side note to your article, it would be worth letting all users new to the US account in Canada that once you have a US application in your iTunes list, the “Check for Updates” function will not work anymore as long as the US app is in your list. I’m working on finding a workaround to this situation, but I haven’t been successful yet. Remember that you will still be able to update any of your apps directly from the iPhone though.

    Cheers everyone!

  • MarX

    What we need again is a promo code, please give me one and the chance to try!

  • MarX

    What we need again is a promo code, please give me one and the chance to try!

  • MarX

    What we need again is a promo code, please give me one and the chance to try!

  • generalinq

    Old news.

  • generalinq

    Old news.

  • generalinq

    Old news.

  • Xeon

    I am in…

  • Xeon

    I am in…

  • Xeon

    I am in…

  • harp

    I’d love a promo code, thanks.

  • harp

    I’d love a promo code, thanks.

  • harp

    I’d love a promo code, thanks.

  • Count me in.

  • Count me in.

  • Count me in.

  • Tony

    Sign me up. I’m mos def interested in the promo codes 🙂 Thanks.

  • Tony

    Sign me up. I’m mos def interested in the promo codes 🙂 Thanks.

  • Tony

    Sign me up. I’m mos def interested in the promo codes 🙂 Thanks.

  • Jonthan

    I’d rather some American cash but the promo code will do for now

  • Jonthan

    I’d rather some American cash but the promo code will do for now

  • Jonthan

    I’d rather some American cash but the promo code will do for now

  • sean

    I’d like to try out some of the apps that are only in the US itunes…please hook me up with a promo code. Thanks!

  • sean

    I’d like to try out some of the apps that are only in the US itunes…please hook me up with a promo code. Thanks!

  • sean

    I’d like to try out some of the apps that are only in the US itunes…please hook me up with a promo code. Thanks!

  • Great post! This fellow Canadian would Loooooove to have a US iTunes account through a Promo setup

  • Great post! This fellow Canadian would Loooooove to have a US iTunes account through a Promo setup

  • Great post! This fellow Canadian would Loooooove to have a US iTunes account through a Promo setup

  • justin

    i would like one too?

    how can i get one?

    thanks.

  • justin

    i would like one too?

    how can i get one?

    thanks.

  • justin

    i would like one too?

    how can i get one?

    thanks.

  • Bud Colby

    I’d just love to have a promo code! I’d love to be able to buy a program that I miss watching, and CBS, ABC, Fox or NBC will not let me watch online because my IP isn’t in the States. Like missing a segment of 24!! Really sucks!!

  • Bud Colby

    I’d just love to have a promo code! I’d love to be able to buy a program that I miss watching, and CBS, ABC, Fox or NBC will not let me watch online because my IP isn’t in the States. Like missing a segment of 24!! Really sucks!!

  • Bud Colby

    I’d just love to have a promo code! I’d love to be able to buy a program that I miss watching, and CBS, ABC, Fox or NBC will not let me watch online because my IP isn’t in the States. Like missing a segment of 24!! Really sucks!!

  • Charles

    I haven’t actually signed up for a US iTunes account, but if you have a US credit card and a US address maybe I could? Having a US credit card is much easier than having to have a credit card issued by a US bank etc. I order a lot of stuff and ship it to the US to avoid ridiculous shipping charges and have it shipped to my friend’s house in Blaine, Washington. Now some US websites require “US billing addresses”. What I did was simply call my MasterCard company and change my billing address for my Canadian issued MasterCard to a US address and change the billing option to online billing only so that my friends don’t have the hassle of getting my mail besides my shipments. I’m wondering if this would work to open up a US iTunes account? It is very easy to change your billing address on your credit cards, simply phone the issuing bank. This also does not impact your usage of the card up in Canada, however it would be easier to use one with a Canadian billing address if you ship within Canada.

  • Charles

    I haven’t actually signed up for a US iTunes account, but if you have a US credit card and a US address maybe I could? Having a US credit card is much easier than having to have a credit card issued by a US bank etc. I order a lot of stuff and ship it to the US to avoid ridiculous shipping charges and have it shipped to my friend’s house in Blaine, Washington. Now some US websites require “US billing addresses”. What I did was simply call my MasterCard company and change my billing address for my Canadian issued MasterCard to a US address and change the billing option to online billing only so that my friends don’t have the hassle of getting my mail besides my shipments. I’m wondering if this would work to open up a US iTunes account? It is very easy to change your billing address on your credit cards, simply phone the issuing bank. This also does not impact your usage of the card up in Canada, however it would be easier to use one with a Canadian billing address if you ship within Canada.

  • Charles

    I haven’t actually signed up for a US iTunes account, but if you have a US credit card and a US address maybe I could? Having a US credit card is much easier than having to have a credit card issued by a US bank etc. I order a lot of stuff and ship it to the US to avoid ridiculous shipping charges and have it shipped to my friend’s house in Blaine, Washington. Now some US websites require “US billing addresses”. What I did was simply call my MasterCard company and change my billing address for my Canadian issued MasterCard to a US address and change the billing option to online billing only so that my friends don’t have the hassle of getting my mail besides my shipments. I’m wondering if this would work to open up a US iTunes account? It is very easy to change your billing address on your credit cards, simply phone the issuing bank. This also does not impact your usage of the card up in Canada, however it would be easier to use one with a Canadian billing address if you ship within Canada.

  • bc

    it seems if apps from 2 different stores are present in your iTunes, you don’t always get app update notices reliably (or at all). I’ve noticed this and others in forums elsewhere have reported same thing. So if it seems a long time since you last were notified of updates, try this: temporarily delete the apps in iTunes from your 2nd store, then check for updates – you may find a whole bunch of app updates waiting for you. then before you sync your iPhone again, just re-install the apps from the 2nd store – you can just drag&drop a saved copy to iTunes or double click on them.

  • bc

    it seems if apps from 2 different stores are present in your iTunes, you don’t always get app update notices reliably (or at all). I’ve noticed this and others in forums elsewhere have reported same thing. So if it seems a long time since you last were notified of updates, try this: temporarily delete the apps in iTunes from your 2nd store, then check for updates – you may find a whole bunch of app updates waiting for you. then before you sync your iPhone again, just re-install the apps from the 2nd store – you can just drag&drop a saved copy to iTunes or double click on them.

  • bc

    it seems if apps from 2 different stores are present in your iTunes, you don’t always get app update notices reliably (or at all). I’ve noticed this and others in forums elsewhere have reported same thing. So if it seems a long time since you last were notified of updates, try this: temporarily delete the apps in iTunes from your 2nd store, then check for updates – you may find a whole bunch of app updates waiting for you. then before you sync your iPhone again, just re-install the apps from the 2nd store – you can just drag&drop a saved copy to iTunes or double click on them.

  • FiReBox

    I’d like a code.

  • FiReBox

    I’d like a code.

  • FiReBox

    I’d like a code.

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  • hockeymom

    When I opened my US account I needed neither a promo code or Vanilla MasterCard. Just choosing “none” as the payment option seems to work as well. You can still only get the free apps but I’m so cheap that’s all I want anyways!

  • hockeymom

    When I opened my US account I needed neither a promo code or Vanilla MasterCard. Just choosing “none” as the payment option seems to work as well. You can still only get the free apps but I’m so cheap that’s all I want anyways!

  • hockeymom

    When I opened my US account I needed neither a promo code or Vanilla MasterCard. Just choosing “none” as the payment option seems to work as well. You can still only get the free apps but I’m so cheap that’s all I want anyways!

  • Andrew

    Can i plz get a code?

    thx a bunch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Andrew

    Can i plz get a code?

    thx a bunch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Andrew

    Can i plz get a code?

    thx a bunch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • Jermaine

    Can I please get a promo code? Thanks so much.

  • Jermaine

    Can I please get a promo code? Thanks so much.

  • Jermaine

    Can I please get a promo code? Thanks so much.

  • Jermaine

    can i get a code please? Thanks.

  • Jermaine

    can i get a code please? Thanks.

  • Jermaine

    can i get a code please? Thanks.

  • gerwen

    Very nice!

  • gerwen

    Very nice!

  • gerwen

    Very nice!

  • I wouldn’t mind trying out Tweetie – although I think it would have to be pretty good to replace TwitterFon for me…

  • I wouldn’t mind trying out Tweetie – although I think it would have to be pretty good to replace TwitterFon for me…

  • I wouldn’t mind trying out Tweetie – although I think it would have to be pretty good to replace TwitterFon for me…

  • ronz

    Sign me up for the promo code please. And thanks for the info in the post, Chantelle. Toss the “research monkeys” an extra banana.

  • ronz

    Sign me up for the promo code please. And thanks for the info in the post, Chantelle. Toss the “research monkeys” an extra banana.

  • Justin S.

    just drop by your local starbucks, get a coffee, and pick up the “free artist of the week” card! it has a promo code for their featured artist of the week, so you can use that AND get a free song!

  • Justin S.

    just drop by your local starbucks, get a coffee, and pick up the “free artist of the week” card! it has a promo code for their featured artist of the week, so you can use that AND get a free song!

  • Jay

    I would love a promo code. Thanks.

  • Jay

    I would love a promo code. Thanks.

  • great post, thanks for the info

  • great post, thanks for the info

  • great post, thanks for the info

  • or check this out : Create an iTunes App Store account without a credit card at support.apple.com/kb/HT2534

  • or check this out : Create an iTunes App Store account without a credit card at support.apple.com/kb/HT2534

  • or check this out : Create an iTunes App Store account without a credit card at support.apple.com/kb/HT2534

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  • Greg

    This morning, when trying to download the free CBS app from the US iTunes store, I was asked to ok a (NEW?) terms of agreement with Apple — stating I am a resident of the country, blah blah blah, and if not, I will be essentially tracked down blah blah blah.

    Can someone get a screenshot? I was a bit too click-happy this morning!

  • Greg

    This morning, when trying to download the free CBS app from the US iTunes store, I was asked to ok a (NEW?) terms of agreement with Apple — stating I am a resident of the country, blah blah blah, and if not, I will be essentially tracked down blah blah blah.

    Can someone get a screenshot? I was a bit too click-happy this morning!

  • Greg

    This morning, when trying to download the free CBS app from the US iTunes store, I was asked to ok a (NEW?) terms of agreement with Apple — stating I am a resident of the country, blah blah blah, and if not, I will be essentially tracked down blah blah blah.

    Can someone get a screenshot? I was a bit too click-happy this morning!

  • mtnMan

    Great post!, could I have a promo code please?

  • mtnMan

    Great post!, could I have a promo code please?

  • mtnMan

    Great post!, could I have a promo code please?

  • J

    Thanks so much… tryin to get Skype working but there are a lot of road blocks for that here. Email of code or ?

  • J

    Thanks so much… tryin to get Skype working but there are a lot of road blocks for that here. Email of code or ?

  • J

    Thanks so much… tryin to get Skype working but there are a lot of road blocks for that here. Email of code or ?

  • Chri

    I'd love the promo code!

  • Chri

    I'd love the promo code!

  • Rica

    COOL! this is an awesome for ppl who dont own a credit card and only use gift cards.
    but does this also mean if someone from the US sends you a gift card it will work since your account will be a US account also? if so, this rocks, thanks so much!

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  • Manbot

    Same instructions have 4saleusa blog, netstrada have 5% off iTunes deal, many sellers on dibuu digital auctions provide same service too…