This is the sixth part of a group of blog posts about importing an Xbox One, covering basically all aspects including power cords, smartphone and tablet apps, what happens when the swedish region gets supported and more. You can find a complete list of all related blog posts in the category Importing Xbox One – it’s in descending order, with the latest post first.
Almost forgot a very important piece of the puzzle before I took a small break to actually enjoy my Xbox One, so I’ll make a short quick post about it here. Modifications might be done later, so feel free to check back every now and then. ;-)
To begin with, one thing needs clarification .. again.
You have three options for paying for Xbox Live content when connected using Xbox One. Please note that I am recommending the #1 option – option #2 is a bit expensive, and option #3 requires you to modify your account details which MIGHT have a negative impact in September when Xbox One gets officially released.
1) Purchasing gaming cards online, for delivery to your mailbox.
I actually use the official Microsoft Store for my gift card supplies, and have been using them for years to cover all my Xbox 360 needs, and as it turns out, I’ll keep using them for my Xbox One needs too!
They have cash cards for US and UK region for the stores ($5 up to $100), and have a quick delivery system. We’re talking minutes with digital delivery.
2) Get a credit card + post address in the region you picked.
Since I consume alot of american services (like Hulu Plus), I do have access to american payment methods and addresses, and as you might already know, Americans are using credit cards for everything from age verification to proving you are a citizen – and being located outside the USA and not being an american citizen, these cards can be quite hard to get hold of.
I get my cards from BuyFromPowerSeller.com – a bit slow delivery of over 48 hours the first time I used them, but the cards will always arrive in your e-mail box. It did cost me about $44 for a $25 prepaid credit card, but since you are a confirmed US user after this, it’s worth it.
And yes, the card says “for Hulu plus”, but it’s a Visa card. It’s not in any way restricted or limited to using it with Hulu.
Once the credit card details has been delivered to your mailbox, you will recieve instructions on how to register with the Huli site. Pay attention to what they suggest that you do in regards to picking your physical address. There are tax reasons to follow them point to point, some states don’t have VAT on certain digital services which means your cash might last longer.
3) Change your zip code and city to an american address, and hook up your paypal account.
You need to add the paypal account via the american Xbox account page, not the native one for your country. Try http://www.xbox.com/en-US/ to get landed on the right location.