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Windows Phone 7 Market Place is not available in Malaysia yet!

Written on December 2, 2010 – 3:11 am | by Saimatkong Tian Leong | 7,683 views

While the new operating system Windows Phone 7 could be the most significant for Microsoft since losing the lead in the smartphone market to RIM’s BlackBerry, Apple’s iOS devices and Google’s Android operating system, the local launch was marred by the unavailability of Market Place / Hub that would have made Windows Phone 7 devices in this country more competitive.

Windows Phone 7 Market Place - HTC HD7

Market Place / Hub is where you can try, buy, and search for apps, music, and games from your phone. It’s like AppStore for iPhone, but unfortunately, Market Place is not available in Malaysia yet. So if your Windows Live ID is tied to Malaysia then you will not be able to make full use of your Windows Phone 7, for my case is HTC HD7 from Maxis10 review unit, because of the unavailable of Market Hub.

Windows Phone 7 Market Place is not available in Malaysia yet!

Why would Microsoft launch this Windows Phone 7 but don’t want to support our country for the Market Place? If it’s not ready then why not wait till the Market Place launched? I’m really disappointed with that. As it is, the missing Marketplace puts Windows Phone 7 at somewhat of a disadvantage, because the smartphone operating system itself has no Twitter application nor an instant messaging client like Windows Live Messenger built in.

Market Place - Singapore

To over this disadvantage of not able to access Market Place, I have tried the workaround, which is changing the Windows Live profile country to Singapore and when setup the HTC HD7 also set it to Singapore as the default country. Bingo! By doing this, cheating your country, you will be able to download apps from Market Hub!

On the other hand, for gamers, Xbox Live on Windows Phone 7 is one of its biggest draws, as the feature allows Xbox 360 console users with Xbox Live accounts to log in on Windows Phone 7 to customise their Xbox Avatars and even add to their achievement points for mobile games played on the smartphone. I’m not a gamer myself so I have not actually tested on this.

Windows Phone 7 Market Place - HTC HD7

Windows Phone 7 Market Place - HTC HD7

Marketplace is organized into categories, starting with one that features apps from your mobile operator. You can use these categories to narrow your search and find the details for things that interest you most. For me, I’m looking at all the free apps at the moment before I jailbreak this HTC HD7, will do that in a later stage. =)

Windows Phone 7 Market Place - HTC HD7

Windows Phone 7 Market Place - HTC HD7

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  1. 12 Responses to “Windows Phone 7 Market Place is not available in Malaysia yet!”

  2. By Bowdacious B on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply

    Great work, looking forward to more of your in-depth reviews.

  3. By saimatkong on Dec 3, 2010 | Reply


  4. By Jayce on Dec 4, 2010 | Reply

    WP7 is an ‘unfinished’ OS for me. It does not have Chinese input too. Microsoft needs to work hard and fast to upgrade it. ;)

  5. By Ryan on Dec 24, 2010 | Reply

    can i ask how do you delete the old windows live that i have signed up in my phone and make a new one with singapore as my location ? im having the same problem , i cant use the marketplace and xbox live :( and im using htc hd 7

  6. By saimatkong on Dec 24, 2010 | Reply

    Hi Ryan,

    You need to reset / reformat the phone because there’s no way to remove the existing account.

  7. By Ryan on Dec 24, 2010 | Reply

    Ya I was struggling trying to find a way to delete the existing account. So now just have to create a new account? Wouldn’t your bill be very expensive? Since your location is at s’pore but you are in Malaysia? :D

    Ryan. :)

  8. By Ryan on Dec 25, 2010 | Reply

    Oh oh how to reset my phone ?

  9. By Ryan on Dec 25, 2010 | Reply

    Can I ask something? Do you have to pay annual fees for using the marketplace??

  10. By saimatkong on Dec 26, 2010 | Reply

    There’s an option in to reset, no annual fees, just pay for those paid apps that’s all. =)

  11. By Rai on Jun 30, 2011 | Reply

    omg thank you so much! you are so awesome :’) i almost cried when i found out we (Malaysians) have no access at all to marketplace and Xbox. i just bought the phone and what with the expensive price, my mum won’t agree to change another phone if i wanted to. thank god i stumbled upon your post. i seriously thank you for this.

  12. By neya on Jan 28, 2013 | Reply

    hye, i wanna ask you at where we need to change the country to singapore. could’nt find the place to setup the microsoft account (as in your picture ) plezz…help me :(

  13. By saimatkong on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Hi Neya,

    Change in your windows account profile.

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