By: Cameron Allan
Despite the fact that having Pokémon Go off the Canadian streets may be keeping our crime rates low, our car insurance cheap, and our eyes unscathed by the presence of dead bodies, envious, northern dwelling trainers couldn’t help but feel a little shorted from Nintendo and Niantic. To date, the wildly successful augmented reality application isn’t available to anyone residing outside of New Zealand, the U.S and Australia, which has left anticipatory Canadian gamers aware of their surroundings in a jealous rage.
Sure, maybe that other potential 36 million more players flooding the wimpy servers may cause plenty of headaches for administrators, but it doesn’t look like most are all that sympathetic to their plight. I guess our gentle cultured nature, deference to corporate authority and all around politeness go out the window once our access to a new Pokémon title is temporarily denied…
Oddly enough, you might’ve heard your buddy sharing stories of their mobile Pokémon misadventures in passing, and if you’re anything like me, you violently shook them while asking HOW at the speed of an auctioneer. Although I cannot condone it, turns out it’s not all that difficult; here are the strings those sly many have been pulling in order to get the app early.
DISCLAIMER: BY EMPLOYING THESE METHODS, YOU MAY BREACH TERMS OF SERVICE AGREEMENTS WITH BOTH NIANTIC AND NINTENDO. CATCH ‘EM ALL AT YOUR OWN RISK!
If you’re an android phone owner, the open source nature of your device makes the app a tad simpler to attain. You have one of two options; either retrieve an APK (Android Application Package) of the app from a third party website on your phone browser, then download and install it onto your phone. Or, a much more safe, 100% malware free option involves using a VPN (Virtual Private Network), which is a service that provides you with a fake U.S based I.P address, then using that address to download and install the app from the Google Play store.
IPhone users on the other hand need to create an American ITunes account with no payment method selected, and a valid billing address from the country to provide. Also, for your own sake, opt out of the privacy violating permissions the early IOS version of the app requests with regard to your Google account, trust me.
It looks as though bordering and ordering measures can never get in the way of Canadians being the very best, like no one ever was. Catching them is their quest, training them is their cause, and they don’t even have to travel across the land to do so! So if you’re willing to take the risk, what are you waiting for? You know it’s your destiny.