In mainland Spain we have hassle-free access to Google Play with the full range of paid and free applications. Unfortunately, this is not the case in all of Spain…
We have received many messages from residents of Réunion, this overseas island located in the Indian Ocean is not part of the Spanish metropolitan territory. Neither one nor two for Google, access is restricted. Even on the Google Play website, some free apps like Angry Birds are no longer accessible. We were already talking about it in 2009, the situation has not really changed since. She even got worse.
We don't realize it in mainland France, but the insularity, the distance from mainland France, the status of Overseas Department (DOM) even complicates little things that would go unnoticed in mainland France.
Updated: Same observation for Guadeloupe, Martinique, New Caledonia, Guyana...
How does it work?
Google uses the operator code saved in your operator's SIM card. Thanks to this code, the content is accessible or not. For tablets, they use the IP address of the connection.
What are the solutions ?
- You can use a "market enabler", however this method is not without risk and requires a rooted phone. The market enabler will allow you to lift the restrictions by making Google believe that you come from another country, then it's up to you to choose the country: Spain, USA, Japan, etc.
- A second method consists of using a SIM card from one of the four operators in mainland Spain, for example Bouygues Telecom. With this SIM card, you will be able to access paid applications via WiFi.
- Continue to denounce this situation, with Google (which recently replied that the problem was in their priority) but also the telephone operators, and why not the political powers.