Hi. I'm currently 33 years old and I'm a full time web developer. I love my wife and... my two cats! The main goal of this blog is to help other South Africans with product reviews, how to articles and updated science and tech news. There are many things that's not very clearly explained like how to do your tax or how to renew your car license for example. So hopefully this blog can be useful to others.

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  1. Chris says:

    Don’t know if I’m doing something wrong, or if things have changed, but it looks as if you now have to supply credit card details.
    Any thoughts.

  2. Zani says:

    Help, trying to follow your advice on ipad 3 but when i open the itunes app just get a link to terms and conditions, not able to do anything else… Any advice?

  3. Carla says:

    Hi, I set-up my US account a week ago & it was working perfectly. Then I tried to set up another persons account this week & it is no longer working. My account has also been disabled as of today. Has anyone who has set-up their US account recently had their account disabled?

  4. Carla says:

    My account was disabled because they somehow figured out that I wasn’t living in the US & sent me a mail saying that I am not authorized to use US itunes. Pity as SA itunes have absolutely NOTHING worth downloading. Francdore, thanks for showing us how to set one up even if I only got 2 enjoy it for a week 🙂

  5. Matthew says:

    I may have a easier way to go about this if you live in SA and want all the cool apps in the US store but you want to use your credit card then switch to the kenya store because they accept the SA credit cards and they get access to all of the apps in the US the only downside is you still won’t get access to the movies and music the only thing this dose is give you access to all the cool apps that you would get in the US store and allow you to pay for them with your credit card instead of using a voucher.

    • clint says:

      I tried to sign up via Kenya iTunes, but it will not allow me to put our local 4 digit area code in, it wants a 5 digit code.

      Has anyone had any luck? And why are us South African always getting screwed!!!!??? WE went through political sanctions before and it seems to be the same all over again.

  6. Charlene says:

    So there is now no way to set up a US account from SA?

  7. Charel says:

    I still can’t register on he USA iTunes. It keep on asking for credit card detail even if I ask our head office address in west Chester. Can you help?

  8. Yols says:

    Hi Francdore, I followed your instructions and it took any 17mins for whole process, this is awesome, thank you


  9. Kelevra says:

    set up my account in minutes!

    • trikepilot says:

      How did you get your account to work. it doesnt give you the option to put “none” in the credit card details.

      • Mark van den Berg says:

        First step is to attempt to download a free app before creating a new account. This is the only way it will give you the “none” option.

  10. Justine says:

    Hi there. Followed all your instructions, and clicked on “none” under payment options. However, when I clicked on “Create Apple ID”, it says I must contact Apple Support. Have tried a few times, but it won’t work. Now what??!! Any suggestions?

    • Mark van den Berg says:

      Justine, you need to set it up using wifi preferably on your ipad/iphone etc. Often if you try set it up from your laptop it pics up a South African IP address. I have set up a few US itunes accounts on my iPad and it works every time.

  11. dan says:

    i cant set up a us itunes account.i followed all the instructions but there is no “none” under payment options.

    • Mark van den Berg says:

      First step is to attempt to download a free app before creating a new account. This is the only way it will give you the “none” option.

  12. Mia Neethling says:

    Hey I am still struggling as everything I do the iTunes App says it can’t connect or won’t load or something. God! Please see if you can help me because I can’t do anything or download anything cool. I want angry birds so badly too!!!!!

  13. Shaun says:

    Works 100%. Thank you for the share. Really appreciated.


  14. shaun says:

    100% working just as say, thank you much appreciated

  15. willlie says:

    It Works!!!!
    But you have to sign out of your ID and then try and download something free. It will then ask to sign in or create new ID. Choose New and follow steps set out as above!


  16. Elya says:

    Out of interest, the reason SA has such a crappy selection of apps is more to do with the South African Film and Publications Board.

    For some reason games fall under the same categorisation as film, and therefore need to be rated by the FPB before they can be available. The FPB charges something like R1,000 to have an item rated. So even though developers may be putting an app up for free, or for a measly 1 dollar or something, they’d have to take a R1,000 loss to start with. SA isn’t a big enough market for developers to jump through hoops to get things released here unfortunately, but it’s more the fault of SA’s outdated ratings systems.

  17. Vonita says:

    Could get on to the US iTunes site, but when I complete all information it requests that I contact their IT support. What should I do?

  18. manly says:

    what cell phone number must i use when using the us itunes ? please help me will be highly appreciated

    • Francdore says:

      Hi. I never typed in a cellphone number. I only typed in the landline number of the address I used. Isn’t that an optional field?

  19. Johnny says:

    On Mac does it work the same.???Because it does not show the option (none) by payment option

  20. MC Stilez says:

    SA iTunes sucks!!!

  21. Johnny says:

    Thank u so much I followed your instructions more carefully and got it to work!!!!

  22. Cameron says:

    What a load of bullshit! I followed every step as well as other steps from other people which are similar! But even with “none” payment it still says, contact ITunes support to finalize account. All details were from us and I spent dollars to buy a gift card?

    So what your excuse now?

    • Kelvin says:

      It’s picking up that you’re located in South Africa so it’s selecting your application for review. Contacting Apple support won’t help you much.

      A sure fire way to open the account with no issues would be to connect to a remote server in the US before starting (also known as a VPN).

      You can get one here:

      The LITE VPN PPTP ACCOUNT is good.

      You can also try

      Then try create a new account using a different email address.

  23. Nandi says:

    For some reason I don’t have the “none” option. Don’t know if its just my iTunes? Or if Apple has become so greedy that they’ve taken it away?

  24. Sibu says:

    Thanks, was able to download angry birds last night.
    I couldn’t create a new ID on iTunes because, by default, you need credit card, but the process was simple when i created ID via Appstore (iPad)

  25. Kaanita says:

    Ive signed out of my SA account but it does not give me the option of selecting the American flag as no flags are at the bottom.

  26. Micko says:

    I tried all the steps specified above, did some changes, almost did everything which I thought was the problem… but i have always got to receive this prompt message “Contact Itunes Store support to complete transaction”. I contacted itunes support but to no avail. Any solutions to this? Thanks.

  27. Wouter says:

    I just created my own US account and it works a treat, lets see if it lasts.

    Thanks for this tip!

  28. Annie says:

    When I try to create new ID all is fine till I need to chose payment method. It doesn’t give me the none option only the different credit card options. Where am I doing something wrong?

    • Snow says:

      You have to access the US iTunes store, click on an app you want to download and when it asks you for your account info, then you register via that, for a new account.

      It doesn’t give you the ‘none’ option if you go the other route.

  29. Teboho says:

    Bless you! Worked perfectly!

  30. riaan says:

    Works perfect, Give the man a Bells

  31. Tiffany says:

    Hi Guys.

    After creating a US account, must i buy a voucher before i can download free apps??

    • Francdore says:

      Hi Tiffany,

      With an US iTunes account you can download free apps without any credit. Only when you want to buy an app, you will need to buy an iTunes voucher.

      You can get the iTunes vouchers from a website called Wild Twig –


      • Tiffany says:

        Thanks Francois, it is not giving me a none option when I’m at the billing info.
        The only choices I have is providing card details, gift voucher or certificate?

        If I were to buy a voucher, how do you buy? With a credit card?

        Is it safe.

        Your help is much appreciated:-)

  32. Shaan says:

    Thank You!!! 🙂

  33. zah says:

    What you do is go to settings and under App store sign out and then go to app store try to download a free app, it will ask you to create a new account just make sure you select united states under country and as for the address just google any american address and the next option will be the banking details and you will have that none option select it and continue, you will get an email to verify the account and thats it

  34. Zaitoon says:

    It still doesn’t give me the none option.

  35. Lyon Eye says:

    I use a Macintosh computer and am not in SA but in a similar situation – IRONICALLY I do possess a United States passport, just without any bank there since I live abroad as a English teacher.

    Please let me know if anyone has a solution for a ( free ) virtual private network to allow me to obtain a American internet protocol address because I also get to the point where a message informs me to contact their stupid support service team or whatever !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sorry, I almost forgot to mention that this site and post is a wonderful resource of information. Thanks.

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  37. Nick says:

    Best priced site to buy US itune gift cards would be , they are by far the cheapest i have seen around and there turn around time is good.

    Try them out:

  38. Greg says:

    Hi Nick,

    You absolutely 100% Correct, checked out and purchased a 15$ US itune voucher and received my voucher almost instantly. I would highly recommend them

    Thanks for the intel Nick 🙂


  39. Me says:

    What if there is no none option?

  40. cheema says:

    the none option for billing is no more now what kindly help……!!!

  41. Daniella says:

    With the none option no longer offered you have to go the voucher route.
    I found itunes-giftcards through facebook and have used them a couple of times. Great service, the code gets emailed to you directly.
    Hope this helps


  42. Andrew says:

    Use TuneZip – you can get a USA account set up for you and buy vouchers to top it up as needed –

  43. Loullana says:

    I did it and its so cool but then after I wanted to get a US app and it required credit card info…. To do that you typically need a US gift card, but my friend recommended I get a Visa gift card or iTunes gift card from and it worked! So glad I found this site since sometimes I like to get a more worldly access to media….

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