Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Appworld is not available in all countries!!! Which is bad, very bad. they could have done it like only free apps are available for unsupported countries. But simply their app doesnt work.

And in different ways if you download appworld, after launching appworld shows that country is not supported. I tried various version of appworld and none were successful. So I had to try in hard way. This one is a bit techy, but you can try easily

This below instructions is for Windows 7 users with a laptop or wifi network adapter, for windows xp networking sharing is somewhat problematic, So try with Windows 7.

Step 1:
In order to overcome the country restrictions, you have to connect through a VPN which vpns global IP is something where appworld is supported, like USA or Canada.

As I did not had a VPN of my own so I had to search for free VPN, searching in Google gives you some healthy amount of results. Anyway, I downloaded proXPN to my computer. You can download from here

After installing, this one is fairly simple, create an account and press the connect button. Which will connect your pc to a VPN. Now you will see that your IP address is changed and its showing your ip address something of the country you selected. You can check your IP from http://whatismyipaddress.com/

Now that you have a VPN setup and running and your IP is changed, thats good. But this is for your laptop. Not for the BlackBerry. So how to do that?
Simple, we need to share this network through Wireless and connect your BlackBerry PlayBook to that wireless network. Simple, is it?

In order to make things simpler, comes connectify, a nice little software which can turn your laptop into a wireless router. Download free WiFi hotspot software from http://connectify.me/
Install the software as instructed. After installation in the setup wizard you can share your network to wireless.

Step 3:
Sharing VPN connection using Connectify
When we installed ProXPN it created a new Local Area Connection in the computer. In your network connections you will see a new connection named something like "Local Area Connection x" where x can be 1,2 etc.

Now when using connectify, you have to select which network connection to share in wifi. Select the newly created local area connection, that was created by proxpn.
Give a password to network
And click on start hotspot.
Your wireless network should be up and running now.

In this step, if you see bluescreen when you press the start hotspot button, then this is because you are using an older version of your wifi adapter or your adapter is not supported by connectify. Please refer to supported adapter by connectify. I was seeing the bluescreen. then I had to update my wireless adapter driver and it was solved

Step 4:

Now your wireless network is up and running. Take the PlayBook or BlackBerry, look for the wifi you created. Connect to it. Start appworld and voila, you could see the apps and download them from appworld.

Happy Downloading!!!