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How to set up an iTunes account with US billing address

Posted on Wednesday March 10th, 2010 by


ApplestoreiconApple has among the strictest rules that are geared to preventing fraud but also to protect their U.S. market. Although any nationality can have an iTunes accounts, the U.S. iTunes store is where really everyone wants to download from since it has much larger offering.

If you have tried to set up a U.S. iTunes account you probably gave up pretty fast. Apple only accepts U.S. issued cards with a U.S. billing address. Here is the solution: the US Unlocked Card. This is a U.S. issued virtual pre-paid debit card with a U.S. billing address. The US Unlocked Card is accepted on most US websites where Visa prepaid is accepted. For the best results, please follow guidelines as described in Making Payments with the US Unlocked Card.

Step by step instruction:

  1. Sign up with US Unlocked, if you haven’t already
  2. Make your first card load payment
  3. Once the funds have cleared and your card is issued proceed to register the card to a U.S. iTunes account:
  • Connect over VPN from a U.S. IP address.
  • You will need to start fresh and create a new iTunes account with your US billing address.
  • Add your US Unlocked Card as your payment method.

Now that you have set up the U.S. iTunes account you will use it to purchase from the Apple store and to download music, apps, movies etc.!


A word of advice: Be VERY careful of your available balance. If your balance goes below the purchase amount (i.e.you have $10 in your account and you want a $9.99 album but forgot to account for the $.50 fee) the purchase will be declined.  Normally this is not an issue, but Apple iTunes will continue to charge your account repeatedly (sometimes 6-8+ times) costing you $.65 decline fees every time.

Trouble shooting:

When iTunes says ‘please, enter valid security code’, it means that they are not accepting the card. Check the following:

  • Card has a balance greater than $10?
  • You are connected from a U.S. IP address?
  • You have filled in all the data exactly the way they appear on the US Unlocked Card page?
  • Have you logged out of your existing (local) iTunes account if any? (Also helps to clear browser cache and start over)

 

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