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iPhone dev program enrollment wait

04-02-2009, 02:19 PM
#1
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Posts: 50
iPhone dev program enrollment wait

Hi guys
I've just created my own company that I am the sole Director of, and have attempted to sign up to the iPhone development program as a company.

Ive yet to pay the $99, but I got an email from Apple saying: "Thank you for your interest... your enrollment request has been received and is being processed..."
and then further down:
"We will be contacting your legal representative you provided for verification purposes"

So I have two questions

Am I on the right track to being enrolled?
I've read horror stories of people receiving similar messages and never being accepted.

I stated that my legal representative was me, seeing as I'm the sole Director of my company.
Was that correct? Will Apple actually contact me about this and what documentation will I need if any?

Thanks for your time
04-02-2009, 03:32 PM
#2
Quote:
Originally Posted by petes117 View Post
I stated that my legal representative was me, seeing as I'm the sole Director of my company.
Was that correct? Will Apple actually contact me about this and what documentation will I need if any?

Thanks for your time
That all sounds correct, and Apple will contact you. You'll get an email asking to Fax some documentation for proof of your business (Ficticious Business Statement or Business License/etc.) They make it pretty clear as to which documents they'll accept as proof and how to get the information to them.

The only bummer is that the entire process (for me at least) took a month. It was a few weeks before the initial email asking for a fax.. then a few more weeks while they process it.

Definitely get this process going at the very beginning.. then it's no problem to have this going in the background as you develop your app. (Although you won't have a certificate to install the app on your device until your approval goes through..)

04-02-2009, 03:34 PM
#3
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Originally Posted by petes117 View Post
Ive yet to pay the $99, but I got an email from Apple saying: "Thank you for your interest... your enrollment request has been received and is being processed..."
BTW: The $99 payment comes at the very end of the whole approval process. That's a whole new waiting process where you pay and then wait to hear back again. (But much shorter - took about a day from sending my payment to actually being approved to the Developer Portal)
04-02-2009, 03:34 PM
#4
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: BC, Canada
Posts: 10
Paying is the last step, after you've done all the paper work.

Just filling the form doesn't actually start the process. You need to fax one of the forms of identification they require. I sent the articles of incorporation.

Yes, you are correct in listing yourself as the legal representative of your company. Initially I listed the lawyer that keeps or corporate books, which ended delaying the whole thing. What they want is a person that is authorized to speak on behalf of the company and verbally confirm you want to enroll.

In my experience, Apple won't contact you about any missing documentation. But they will contact you once they have everything to get a verbal confirmation.

The whole thing took 3 weeks for me, included a couple of phone calls to sort out who is supposed to be the legal representative.

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04-02-2009, 04:14 PM
#5
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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Thanks for the replies, that is a huge relief for me!

Good to know that everyone else has had to go through this too

Though I can't imagine Apple will want to call me over the phone seeing as I live in New Zealand.
04-02-2009, 06:24 PM
#6
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: America
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petes,

I would have just signed up as an individual. Did you actually create the company?

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04-02-2009, 06:34 PM
#7
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Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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Originally Posted by Kris Jones View Post
petes,

I would have just signed up as an individual. Did you actually create the company?
Yes I created the company.
I'm hoping this will turn into a long-term thing, gotta start somewhere
04-02-2009, 07:43 PM
#8
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 61
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Originally Posted by petes117 View Post
Yes I created the company.
I'm hoping this will turn into a long-term thing, gotta start somewhere

Last summer I signed up as a company.. It took about 2-3 months until I got approved to even pay my $99.

My friend who signed up later than I did, signed up as an individual and got into the program much faster than I did.

Not sure what the wait is like now a days
04-02-2009, 11:03 PM
#9
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Location: America
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Originally Posted by Xyzl View Post
Last summer I signed up as a company.. It took about 2-3 months until I got approved to even pay my $99.

My friend who signed up later than I did, signed up as an individual and got into the program much faster than I did.

Not sure what the wait is like now a days
Took me about 3 hours total.

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04-02-2009, 11:34 PM
#10
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Originally Posted by Kris Jones View Post
Took me about 3 hours total.
Was that as a company?? How long ago was that?