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I want to download free app in my iPod touch device and i have the following doubts.

Kindly resolve me doubts.

  1. when i try to download it asks my credit card security number.

  2. since i am trying to download free app , why do i need to provide my credit card security code?

  3. Will i be debited for downloading the free app from app store?

I cant able to find any information regarding this on apple.

Please provide me some references about this from apple and please resolve my doubts.

Thanks a lot.

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Apple is simply trying to make it easier to purchase apps if you decide to do that in the future. Providing the security code on the card lowers the fees Apple pays to the credit card processing company since it is evidence you are in physical possession of the card.

You aren't required to provide a credit card at all just to sign up. When you are prompted for the credit card type, Apple gives the option to chose "None". If you choose this while purchasing a free app, it will allow you to sign up without a credit card.

Apple provides walkthrough steps for doing this on both a computer and on an iPod touch or iPhone.

If this method is not available in your country but your country does have iTunes Store gift cards available, you can purchase one gift card and use it to create an account. You'll have to pay a little up front of course, but you won't have to provide a credit card before starting to purchase the free apps.

App Store signup form - No credit card

iOS App Store signup form - No credit card

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Please bear in mind that some countries do not have the option to select "None". (E.g.: Spain) –  Martín Marconcini Jan 27 '11 at 9:44
    
@Mart Also if you chose None you can just sign in and do some little job (like rating music) if you want buy free app iTunes tell you fill your credit card information. so choosing None is useless for downloading free app. –  Am1rr3zA Jan 27 '11 at 11:55
    
@Martín I was not aware of that. I added another method using a gift card, is that available? –  Stephen Jennings Jan 27 '11 at 15:19
    
@am1 in France, you can download free apps even if you don't enter your credit card information. –  Loïc Wolff Jan 27 '11 at 15:25
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No option for "none" in the US either. I purchased a used Iphone for cheap as a toy, guess I'll only use jailbreak apps. I'm glad I've never been rammed bloody in the rear end by Apple for full retail price for their locked down crap. –  user3804 Feb 21 '11 at 10:17
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