Do you get foreign transaction fees through the Ovi Store?

Do you get foreign transaction fees through the Ovi Store?When the Nokia Ovi Store launched I was extremely disappointed with it and recommended people stay away. As I recently wrote, the Ovi Store is quite good on Symbian^3 and I have been buying quite a few apps and games lately. I just went and checked the Bank of America credit card account I have tied to my Ovi account and saw foreign transaction fees attached to every Ovi Store purchase I made in the last month or so. Is this an issue with this bank or are others in the US seeing these foreign transaction fees too?

The amounts are small (2.75%) with a $1.99 app costing me $2.18 with tax plus $0.06 for the transaction fee, but it is the principle of the thing that bothers me.

I went into the Ovi Store on my N8 and tried to setup carrier billing, but it stated that this was unavailable at this time. I then added my PayPal MasterCard and made a purchase of the UNO HD game. So far, it looks like PayPal doesn’t charge a foreign transaction fee so this may be a Bank of America issue, which doesn’t surprise me given their history with me.

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Honza
January 11, 2011

I have the same ”problem”. I’m with Citizens Bank. My card was even canceled due to possible fraud. Ovi Store/Nokia got quite a reputation. lol

crazyphoneguy
January 11, 2011

When I make a purchase from the Ovi store I am billed by AT&T. Actually thought it was quite seamless. I wasn’t aware of foreign transaction charges, but now I’ll have to check.

N900lovah
January 11, 2011

TCF bank here and yup, got the foreign transaction fee too.

SoVatar
January 11, 2011

I use an Amex Credit Card, and after an initial call back to authorize the Ovi transaction it is now working flawlessly.
There is also no foreign transaction charge on my statement, so these charges seem to be bank specific.

defsix
January 11, 2011

In Ireland, several CC purchases on Ovi and no extra fees.

rahul
January 11, 2011

In Canada, never saw any extra fees.

GP
January 11, 2011

The fees get charged to my AT&T bill and there is no foreign transaction fee. When my wife and I travel to Europe, we buy euros from Citibank here in the states and we do get charged a foreign transaction fee from Citibank. I am sure it’s a bank related issue.

trenda
January 12, 2011

I paid Mastercard a $.42 foreign transaction fee on the purchase of three Ovi Store apps in November. Last May I paid a foreign transaction fee of $.45 for the Maps License on my N95 -not purchased through the Ovi Store -but using the same credit card.

mareers
January 14, 2011

Coming from India, I always get a foreign transaction charge since the only currency available for my purchase is Euro. Could it be that all transactions are being converted to Euro irrespective of the user location?

Dave
January 15, 2011

What a joke. Foreign transaction fee = FAIL. I don’t understand how things like this slip through the cracks. Set up a freaking billing center in each of the major markets! And Nokia is surprised why they have lost traction in the United Stated. I’m really not sure how much longer they can survive.

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Gus
January 17, 2011

No, it’s not only a fail but… foreign transaction fees from a mobile app store, with the app priced in the local currency, without notification of said transaction fees…is an EPIC FAIL.

Seriously, Nokia is a global company; is it too much to expect that they have their s*** together when it comes to processing country specific transactions in the local currency?

Cornelia
May 7, 2011

Now I know who the bnraiy one is, I’ll keep looking for your posts.


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