I have a Nexus S phone with Android 2.3 and a SIM card from a Canadian carrier. While I'm in Canada, I want to download applications from Google's Android Market (e.g. Google Music) without rooting my phone.

Will it work to replace the SIM card with a US SIM card (e.g. AT&T GoPhone)? If I did that, everything should work smoothly, correct?

  • You can install the Google Music .apk without rooting. – Flow Nov 17 '11 at 20:48
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    You'll be accessing the Market over Wi-Fi so I'm not sure this would help. Is the phone unlocked? (Related: How can I circumvent regional restrictions in the Android Market?) – Matthew Read Nov 17 '11 at 21:25
  • @MatthewRead: yes, I am going to use a WiFi connection. I don't think ip address will be a problem, but if it is then I can use a WiFi that goes through a proxy. My phone is unlocked, I am not locked to any carrier (Nexus series are all unlocked). – Anonymous Nov 17 '11 at 22:51
  • @Flow: I am aware of that. I want to download these apps directly from the market (and be able to update them later directly from there). I don't like downloading the hassle and security risks of downloading the .apk files from other places (which are often outdated). If I can get this to work it would be much better. – Anonymous Nov 17 '11 at 22:53
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    I would appreciate if down-voter explains the reason for down-voting my question. – Anonymous Nov 17 '11 at 22:55

I haven't tried it but I think it should work just like the app Market Enabler fakes the SIM ID.

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