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Free App with Ads but No IAP, Underground eligible?

1. My app is Free App with Ads but No IAP, Underground eligible? 2. Do I need to remove that ads code for Underground apps? 3. With existing non-underground apps, can I publish same app,same name with Underground eligible (by updating the package name and adding sash on icon) ? Thanks, Abhijit
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Sorry but in the documentation they say pretty clearly the removal of ads is not sufficient. Basically, their intent is to have the app on their store be "Better" than your app on other stores to try and get more people using amazons app store. If you provide added value to the amazon underground version that is not available elsewhere then they may accept it. Another reason is that amazon may apply their own ads to your underground app as the poorly documented feature: "Interstitial Advertisements When a user launches an Amazon Underground app for the first time, a welcome message in the form of an interstitial ad plays. In subsequent times that a user either launches or resumes the app, paid interstitial ads will also sometimes play. You do not need to do anything to enable these ads. Amazon configures the ads when your app is published to Amazon Underground." If that is truly the case then it does not provide the app with any benefit other than changing your ad service and does not give users an incentive to switch. One other option is, if your app is new you can make it an amazon exclusive which may get accepted. I'm currently in the same position trying to figure out if I want to go through the work for the underground version.
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