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Hello guys,

Do you think that is possible to hide an app from being visible on queries on the windowsphone.com marketplace but keep it visible on searches trough the phone?

I am not considering the case of private/public betas
27th April 2012, 11:41 AM |#2  
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Well, there are private stores, such as the business stores and such, which are invite-only. Then there's "private" stores like the OEM stores and such, where some phones can see that store but it's not normally reachable from another phone or the website.

I don't know of any other such option. What's the use case?
27th April 2012, 03:19 PM |#3  
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Well, I don't want to get into the matter too much, since it is not a problem (and I don't want to talk about piracy)
but there is an app in the Italian marketplace developed by my carrier, which app isn't obviously available outside the Italian marketplace.
I was able to download it and install it by searching for it through the phone marketplace. But the same app isn't visible on the windowsphone.com marketplace.
When I search for it I get as a suggestion, on the auto-complete list, the name of the app. But then as soon as I open it, the page says that it couldn't find the app.

It is really intriguing.
27th April 2012, 03:20 PM |#4  
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Maybe they just opened their own exclusive store.
27th April 2012, 03:22 PM |#5  
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(But my phone is branded to another carrier, Vodafone Italy). So how does my phone get access to such marketplace?
27th April 2012, 03:27 PM |#6  
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So my Carrier's marketplace name is TIMIT
I was able to access it with Phone7Market and some trial and error
28th April 2012, 10:25 AM |#7  
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Mobile Operators (MOs, or carriers) can have their own private stores just like OEMs. I actually know where the files the control this on your phone are located, and they can be modified or overwritten (my OEM Marketplace XAPs replace the OEM ones). Items from MO or OEM stores don't appear in the "public" views of the Marketplace, such as the website.
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27th April 2012, 05:56 PM |#8  
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Possibly bad data
I would not rule out a small error in the database behind the Marketplace as the reason for this phenomenon.

I personally had several cases where I checked the Marketplace with IE on my PC for interesting apps among the daily new apps, and when I clicked on the link to the publisher in the app description to see who made that app and check whether that publisher made other apps as well, I got an error message "no such publisher".

I think this "small data error" theory really is as probable as some hidden Marketplace feature that so far noboby knows the details about...
28th April 2012, 06:25 PM |#9  
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But how is it possible that I can access my MO private marketplace by using a phone branded by another carrier?
I understand that it is just a string to edit in the registry, but can they do it over the air? or the phone isn't smart enough to change it, like it changes MMS and APN settings by changing SIM card?
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29th April 2012, 10:21 AM |#10  
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Do *NOT* change the registry to do this! I'm not even sure if that would work short-term, and long-term it would mess up your phone (break the Marketplace and all apps installed from it until you hard-reset).

There are a couple of apps that will safely change the MOMarketplace. They are similar to my OEM Marketplace XAPs, except they work as actual apps that you install and then make a selection in (requires root-unlock). One of them even allows you to lock the file read-only so the phone doesn't overwrite it with its branded one.
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