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Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP) goes International

Volume Purchase Program

Something that many global customers are asking for is VPP support outside of the United States for their end-users. It appears that day has finally arrived.

As of today the following countries have now been added:
Australia
Canada
France
Italy
Germany
Japan
New Zealand
Spain
United Kingdom

No word if additional countries will be added later on, but it appears to be a similar approach as to any AppStore changes with the larger ones first.  For the latest always hit up the main page here: http://www.apple.com/business/vpp/.

To access and purchase apps in each county necessary it appears, you must use your VPP Apple ID with the correct country store link with the 2-character country code. This table also provides the current link (could change in the future) of the local language VPP Guide if you need it:

Country VPP Store Link VPP Guide
Australia https://vpp.itunes.apple.com/au/store AU Guide
Canada https://vpp.itunes.apple.com/ca/store CA Guide
France https://vpp.itunes.apple.com/fr/store FR Guide
Italy https://vpp.itunes.apple.com/it/store IT Guide
Germany https://vpp.itunes.apple.com/de/store DE Guide
Japan https://vpp.itunes.apple.com/jp/store JP Guide
New Zealand https://vpp.itunes.apple.com/nz/store NZ Guide
Spain https://vpp.itunes.apple.com/es/store ES Guide
United Kingdom https://vpp.itunes.apple.com/gb/store GB Guide
United States https://vpp.itunes.apple.com/us/store US Guide

You can also jump from one to another once you are logged in. PayPal payment is only accepted in the United States. Other local payment options may vary depending on the country.

I have not yet tried a full test with a MDM solution, so your MDM success may vary until each vendor comes out with clear support statements.

The Apple Configurator v1.1 fixes some problems using VPP vouchers, so if you are using that, make sure you update it. See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5339 for more info.

For the developers out there, please see https://developer.apple.com/programs/volume/.

BTW, on the separated Apple Education side, it currently appears that the additional countries are not quite yet active, http://www.apple.com/education/volume-purchase-program/. I would assume they would follow rapidly if there are no hiccups on the business side.

Let me know how the new country work out for your deployment needs!

Marco..

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