Allow app purchases via separate Live ID
I would like Windows Phone to behave like iOS/iTunes in that, it should allow app/content purchases via a second (non-default) Live ID.
This is the weakest part of the Windows Phone ecosystem. I desperately want to segregate my phones, but don't want to buy the same app multiple times.
We need the ability to link multiple accounts together for app sharing. Apple set the precedence for this, and anything less is a major disappointment.
Robin Griffin commented
Please allow for a separate Store/Xbox Music account login. Apple has this and it is a major feature causing a lot of people not to switch to Windows phone.
I can only agree. In iOS, I could buy an app and the install it on my wife's iPhone by logging in with my id.
Martin Hinshelwood commented
This will be kind of pointless unless you are able to be billed in that new region!
Unless https://billing.microsoft.com will let you change your region this is really not possible.
No, creating a new Live account (and all the services that go with it) is not a valid option. Especially for folks with lots of historical purchases and data associated with their live account.
With Four WP7 phones in our household we have went from using the same primary account to all having seperate accounts for Mango and its definately frustrating. MS lets you have four devices on your Marketplace account, but its not realistic to have four phones with the same primary ID.
I'm a developer and at first I thought this was better because I would make more money if customers has to purchase my app for each phone. However, after getting multiple phones, the consumer side of me is now less likely to purchase an app at all (even once) if I have to purchase it multiple times. However, when we were using a shared primary account, I was MUCH MORE likely to purchase an app, knowing that we could use it on all four phones. So I truely now believe people are more likely to purchase (especially an expensive) an app which they can install on all their devices rather than having to purchase it multiple time.
Zune Pass is another example. I'll probably be dropping my Zune pass, as I can't justify the cost on my single phone. However, when my two teenage kids could use the Zune pass on their phones as well, I gladly paid the money each week as I felt I was getting value for the service.
So developers are not getting as much money from me (I haven't bought an app since switching all individual primary accounts) and MS is loosing money from me as I'm dropping my zune pass.
The integrated Live Messenger in Messaging hub seems to be directly associated with the main Live ID. But for now, Marketplace and some features works best with USA Live ID.
By allowing separate Live ID, user could still use the ID they have build relationship with, and use another ID set to USA to use the features and marketplace.
John Shew commented
Agree with RPM. We need to have the ability to configure connections to Skydrive/Office, and social networks be independent of a LiveID associated with purchases. They aren't aways the same.
Please, please, please, expand the Xbox family account configuration to the Windows Phone. All accounts on the Family pass should be able to share media (apps, music, games) because the purchase was made under the family account. Otherwise, buying a phone for my kids means I can't let them personalize it. That's not the message you want for kids!
Amen brother! This is a horrible situation. Because you have to use the same account for Zune music and marketplace purchases (unless you want to pay for everything twice), then you must create a shared family account. To create the least mess possible, it should be a generic family account and leave it as empty as possible. This will work fine with Facebook (where you can still specify a different account), but it will break the Live services and Linked in.
To use the shared family account as the primary account, that means posting to the skydrive will always go to the family account (instead of the personal account). It means that the Live chat (for messaging) will be unavailable for all personal contacts. It also means that xbox live will always show the family account instead of the personalized avatar. Since we purchased a family pass with Xbox. . .use the same thing for the Windows Phone.
All of the accounts tied to our Xbox family account should be able to download music, or apps that are purchased. . .this would allow each of us to use our personal account when we logon to the Windows phone.
Another example, I want to purchase something for my son via my Live ID account and not his.
Sharing a Live ID seems like a very limited use to me..
Use case: My wife would like to have the default Live ID to be hers rather than a common Live ID that we share, because Facebook, Twitter, Skydrive/Office is all linked to the default Live ID. By sharing our Live ID's, we end up giving up the coolness that Mango brings to the phone.
Other option: Allow Skydrive/Office, Social Networks, etc. to be linked to a second, separate Live ID
Yet another option: Allow transferring apps from PC (bought via a different Live ID) to the phone which has my wife's Live ID registered.
Final option: Create a Zune Family Pass like the Xbox Gold Family Pass, so we can have multiple folks be on the family plan and therefore be able to share apps.