The dilemma of Form-R for iOS developers in Pakistan

If you are an iOS developer based in Pakistan and use your iTunes connect account for selling paid apps, you must have seen this email from apple. From now onwards you have to fill this Form R and submit it every month to receive your payments. Every month, you heard it right EVERY MONTH.

Why Form R?

Actually it has something to do with State Bank of Pakistan or some similar authority not letting the payments directly land to the developers’ account. Barclays bank is Apple’s partner bank in the country and they distribute payments to all developers every month. To process these payments now, Barclays bank needs a filled Form R from all developers every month. Big pain?

How to fill Form-R?

While I was freaking out about it, this still doesn’t seem to be that bad at all. Here is the process you have to follow:

1. Log in to your iTunes Connect account and note your payment amount and payment date. You have to send this Form R within 2 weeks of this payment date.
2. Get hold of a copy of Form R. If you have not received it from Apple, you can download Form R from www.basitali.com/downloads/docs/PKFormR.pdf
3. Print form R and print it out.
4. Provide following addresses in “Sender” field on Form R

— Apple Inc., 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014
— iTunes S.a.r.l, 31-33 rue Sainte Zithe, Luxembourg L-273, Luxembourg

5. Mention the amount you can see in iTunes Connect’s Payment section (done in step 1).
6. In the end provide your name, address, telephone number and email address in the beneficiary section. Make sure you include all this information so that Barclays bank can process your payment.
7. Sign the form
8. Put this form R in an envelop and Courier this to following address:
— Barclays Bank PLC, Pakistan, 13 – C, College Road, F- 7 Markaz, Islamabad
Hint: If you are being lazy and don’t wanna go drop it at a courier outlet, you can call Call Courier Service at 111-786-227 and they’ll come and pick the letter from you 😉

What is Form R?

As the title says, Form R is a declaration of foreign remittance receipt above Rs. 10,000 for purpose other than Export and family maintenance. Well, while it says Rs. 10,000 on the title, Apple tells us to make sure to fill the form for whatever amount is coming in. Moreover, while I could put iTunes payment under software export, the banks are actually going to differ with my opinion here. And I also like the year 1947 on the title of the form 🙂

I’m sure this is going to work out and if you follow this process every month, you’ll be receiving your payments on time every month. Please do share your experience with me whether you succeed or you have any issues. Drop me a line on @basitj.

 

Elections 2013 – Where to cast your vote?

Elections 2013 are here in Pakistan and we’re all ready to vote on 11th May. If you are not sure where’s the polling station in your area, this handy little website will help you find that out.

Please follow these 3 steps to find out the location of your polling station:

Step 1:Send your CNIC (Computerized ID Card) number to 8300 via SMS.Step 2: If you are registered with Election Commission of Pakistan as a voter, you will receive your details with a Block Code in SMS response.

Step 3: Go to this website http://whereismyballot.com and enter your Block Code to get the exact location of your polling station.
Hope this information is helpful for you. Happy voting!

Sachin finally makes his 100th century in international cricket

Sachin Tendulkar from India finally completes his record braking hundredth century in international cricket. No soul has done that before. All I can say is “RESPECT!”.

This 100 centuries set contains 51 test centuries and today’s 49th ODI century that he completes in 188 test and 462 ODI matches. And he’s done that in a tenure of 23 years. I’ve not even watched cricket for that long, and he’s been playing it and he’s always been in top 10 batsmen. What a player he is.

While I keep supporting Pakistan cricket and will continue to do that, all I can have for Sachin is admiration and respect. I don’t think I’ll see such a player again in my life time at least.

Sachin’s cricket profile.

Karachi Emergency Numbers

If you are in Karachi and are looking fro emergency numbers, here they are in no particular order:

Police Emergency: 15

Ambulance: 115

Fire Brigade Center: 16

Edhi Blood Bank: +92 21 445105, +92 21 452815

St.John Ambulance: +92 21 7210600 / 500

Civil Hospital (Casualties): +92 21 7729719

Bomb Disposal: +92 21 2416626

Edhi Emergency. Center: +92 21 2310066, +92 21 2310077

Edhi Trust: +92 21 2310066

Hilal-e-Ahmar: +92 21 721359

Edhi Head Office: +92 21 2413232, +92 21 2413158

Red Crescent: +92 21 7213259, +92 21 5833973, +92 21 5836281

In charge Bomb Disposal Squad: +92 21 77226455

Central Fire Station: +92 21 9215007, +92 21 9215008

BlackBerry App World and BIS working in Pakistan now!

Yeah, that’sso cool, BlackBerry App World as well as BlackBerry Internet Services – BIS is fully operational in Pakistan now. I’ve checked it both on Ufone as well as Mobilink. I can download both paid and free apps on my phone and playbook now. This means you’ll be reading more reviews of cool new BlackBerry apps on my blog now onwards.

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Pakistan - BlackBerry App World - Research in Motion

How to download App World in Pakistan

If you are a BlackBerry user, first thing you should do is get hold of BlackBerry App World on your phone or PlayBook( if you don’t have it already). You can get it by hitting this link from your mobile or PlayBook tablet.

Payment Mode

To download paid BlackBerry apps, you can pay either via Credit Card or you can use a PayPal account. Please not, Paypal is not supported in Pakistan yet.

Geo.tv is down

Geo.tv is a popular Pakistani news website. The site is found to be down with a message saying “Service not available”.

** Edit: 1:30pm local time (+5GMT)

We found Geo.tv to be down around 1pm and it’s been half an hour the website is down on web, on mobile and all other feeds. Continue reading “Geo.tv is down”

Facebook completely translated to Urdu

Facebook fully translated in Urdu

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Look what I got in my notifications on Facebook today. Facebook says it has been completely translated into Urdu and now just some fine tuning is needed. Makes me proud as an Urdu speaker. Users who have opted to help Facebook in translations get such messages and you can either translate untranslated phrases and labels or you can vote if others are translating it right or not. Facebook has already being translated in many languages. Wanna contribute? Head to Facebook translations.

Will PTCL slash Internet prices this 14th August?

Here it is again, 14th August, Pakistan’s independence day. PTCL historically has been slashing Internet bandwidth prices on 14th August. I really wish they do it this time as well especially when they’re offering a 50 Mbps connection, it’ll be great to pay half the price. While their customer support and technical support has usually been a nightmare, their service just works. Just pray that you don’t get a problem in your connection and then your nightmare begins 😉

Come on PTCL, let’s go 50% on bandwidth prices.

Happy Independence Day Pakistan!

Happy independence day to all my Pakistani brothers and sisters, and Google goes green on this 14th August. I am so excited about it. Thanks to all those who made it happen. Long live Pakistan, Pakistan Zindabad!