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Platform(s): Symbian
Created: aaumala ()
Reviewed: hamishwillee (23 Sep 2011)
Last edited: aaumala (14 Jan 2014)

Announcements.pngFrom January 1, 2014 and it will no longer be possible to publish any new content or update existing content for Symbian and MeeGo on Nokia Store. The Symbian Signed program will close on the same date. For more information see this blog.

I’m new to Symbian Signed, how can I get my account verified?

Please contact us at, please note that verified accounts are intended for companies.


1. Overview

Symbian Signed is a testing and signing program run by Nokia.

Please find the test criteria here

Symbian Signed supported devices table can be found here

The Symbian Signed service allows you to:

  1. Register UIDs
  2. Sign your Symbian OS application with a test certificate so that you can test it on a live device
  3. Sign your Symbian OS application with a publishing certificate so that you can distribute it to your customer

Please see the chart below for a summary of the services:

Process Symbian Signed account required Verified account Test house testing the application IMEI and UID restriction
Registering UIDs Yes No No No
Development Certificate for less than 10 IMEIs Yes No No Yes
Development Certificate for up to 1000 IMEIs Yes Yes No Yes
Express Signed Yes Yes No No
Certified signed Yes Yes Yes No

The services are mapped based on the Symbian OS Platform Security capabilities. Please see the following chart with the details how the capabilities are mapped per different service.

Symbian Signed Capabilities.jpg

2. Registering to the Symbian Signed service

  • To register you need to have a valid e-mail address. We may have some limitations to which e-mail domains we accept to the service.

Taxation within the EU

Value Added Tax (VAT) ID and country information is needed for VAT handling whenever you purchase Content IDs for Express Signed. Companies within the European Union should have a VAT ID to provide at the time of purchasing Content IDs. Whether or not VAT is added to your invoice depends on your stated location (Country), and, whether or not you have provided us with your VAT ID. Additionally, when purchasing Content IDs, the VAT Invoice will be sent to you via e-mail, no matter where you are.

Our service is based in Finland. While selling within Finland, we know how much tax to apply for Finnish companies. Other, EU-based, companies can report their 0% taxed purchases locally with the invoices we provide for their VAT ID, as per local law. Then VAT will be locally applied to their derivative products. If there is no VAT ID we will apply the seller local VAT amount - as if the buyer was a end-consumer, not a company producing derivative products. Therefore our VAT handling rules are as follows:

If you have a VAT ID to provide at the time of the purchase, and

  • buying location in Finland VAT = 24% which is included to the price of the purchase
  • buying location in EU VAT = 0%
  • buying location in non-EU VAT = 0%

If you don't have a VAT ID to provide at the time of the purchase:

  • buying location in Finland VAT = 24% which is included to the price of the purchase
  • buying location in EU VAT = 24% which is included to the price of the purchase
  • buying location in non-EU VAT = 0%

For example:

  1. If a company from Finland with a VAT ID is buying 10 Content IDs they will be invoiced 124€.
  2. If a company from China without a VAT ID is buying 10 Content IDs they will be invoiced 100€.
  3. If a company from Germany without a VAT ID is buying 10 Content IDs they will be invoiced 124€.

3. Development Certificates

To request new development certificate, you must request for UIDs of your applications first, if not it does not allow you to request for development certificate, because in the new portal, development certificate associated with application UIDs also.

Add IMEI numbers: There are two ways to add IMEI numbers of the devices on which your application will run:

  1. Enter all your devices IMEI numbers manually.
  2. You can upload all IMEIs stored in .txt files form your local machine.
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How to request new UIDs:

Using ManageUIDs tab, you can request for new UIDs, and you will see allocated UIDs for your applicaions from previouse requests.You can edit application names and version numbers of allocated UIDs. There are two types of UIDs:

  1. Protected UIDs
  2. Unprotected UIDs.

What's the difference between "Protected" and "Unprotected range" UIDs?

  • Any UID values less than or equal to 0x7FFFFFFF are classed as "protected" and are only intended for use with signed applications (or those pre-installed in ROM). The software installer will refuse to install an unsigned application if it uses a package UID in the protected range.
  • New UID allocations will start from 0x20000000 for the protected range and from 0xA0000000 for the unprotected range.

Application needs more capabilities?

If you application needs more than system, user capabilities,then you need to request for manfacturer need to request them by using AllFiles,DRM,TCB Tab in the portal. For details about it,you can refer to 8. AllFiles, DRM, TCB & Invitation only chapter of this wiki page.

After all these,Click on Download Certificate tab to download your certificate, key. Then it would display download window to save deveoloper certificate, key local to your machine.


Tip: You can use the updated DevCerList tool to list the contents of your developer certificate in order to verify that it matches your requested capabilities, allocated UIDs and supported device IMEIs.

4. Content ID

Content IDs are signing tokens for the Express Signed service. One application signing event consumes one Content ID. Content IDs are sold via our PayPal seller service; one content ID costs 10 Eur plus VAT.

ContentID 1.png

Click on 'purchase'

ContentID 2.png

Set the amount of Content IDs to purchase. The service will direct you to our PayPal service (seller is Nokia). Complete the purchase on PayPal. You will receive an invoice for your purchase into the e-mail address you have specified in your user account.

5. Express Signed

  1. Login to Symbian Signed and check that your account is verified.
  2. Check that your account has unused Content IDs
  3. Click "Submit app for Signing" and fill in the application details
    Submit app step 01.jpg

  4. Submit for analysis. Analysis will take a few seconds.
    Analysis in progress.jpg

    Check that your account has at least one unused content ID (see the top bar on the screen - here shown 5 content IDs). If you have no Content IDs the Express Signed will not be presented as a signing option.
  5. Once your submission is verified click "Complete Signing".
    App verified.jpg

  6. Select "Express Signed" for the process and click "Next Step" to submit your application for signing.
    Choose process.jpg

  7. After successful submission you'll get your application signed and downloadable from the portal. You will also receive an e-mail with a link to download the signed application.
    Download app express signed.jpg

Express signed not available

The main reason is failing an audit. This means that one of your submissions has been tested by a test house and it has been found not to comply with the Symbian Signed criteria. You can find a test report with the submission which was audited.
You can get the access back to Express Signed by passing the Certified Signed once.

6. Certified Signed

In this option the test house will test your application and sign it when it has passed the testing. One test round has a cost of 230€.

After your application has been successfully verified you can select the option of “Complete Signing” and through it submit the application to the test house. Please follow the following steps:

A) Please make sure you have provided all the needed data for Sogeti to test your application. For example license to use the application or potential usernames and password.
B) Before submitting you need to accept the Sogeti legal agreement.
C) After you have submitted the application, Sogeti will e-mail you a quotation of the testing cost which you need to approve by replying to the e-mail.

You have two possibilities to pay for this service:
  1. By credit card, the quotation e-mail contains a link to our online shop. This link is specific to your submission and you will access directly to your basket on our online store. There you will have the possibility to choose the service level and to pay with your credit card.
  2. By wire transfer. If you prefer to order a wire transfer, Sogeti High Tech Banking details are listed within the quotation e-mail.

D) When you have paid the test, please provide Sogeti with the proof of payment. For example a scanned copy of your transaction. Only after Sogeti has been paid you can receive the test report and/or the signed application.

If you have failed the testing please assure that you have fixed all the errors and you have not provided any additional errors. Additionally you should consider the fact that each test round has an additional cost.

7. AllFiles, DRM, TCB & Invitation only side of Symbian Signed

  • Main requirements:
    1. A valid and accepted technical justification to use AllFiles, DRM or TCB
    2. Your company is known to us
    3. We have a legal agreement about the capability use
    4. Your application complies with Symbian Signed and additional Nokia criteria
  • For technical reasoning it is advisable to provide as detailed information about your application and the use of the AllFiles, DRM or TCB as possible. If your company is not known to us earlier we may come back to you and ask for more details.
  • After we have accepted your technical reason for using AllFiles, DRM or TCB, we will grant you access to the Development Certificates with the capabilities you have requested. Later we can grant your account access rights to our Invitation only side of Symbian Signed web site allowing you to submit an application to a test house with AllFiles, DRM or TCB.

8. Requesting Waivers

Using waivers is allowed for verified users only. If your account hasn’t been verified yet, please do so before applying for waivers.

Once verified, your dashboard will show you a tab labelled ‘Waivers’. From here you can submit new waiver requests. The requests will be listed by their status, and for each application you have requested them for. After an admin has approved your waiver you can use that with your application submission when submitting to either Express Signed or Certified Signed. The selected test house will see your waiver along with your application information and will act accordingly. Note that the waiver is linked to an application by the UID given on your waiver request. Be sure to give your application UID in the correct format '0x2........'. You can write multiple waivers for one UID, and these waivers can all have different app name defined (e.g. when submitting different language variants of the same application).

Please note that if your application is not associated with a waiver it must then conform to the Symbian Signed (and Nokia test) criteria to the letter – and will be failed in the tests if it doesn’t!

Filling out a waiver

Please take time and care when filling in a waiver request. If it does not include enough information – or clearly enough – it will be rejected and you will need to go through the trouble of re-writing the same request!

You should write out the following:

  • Correct application UID! If you enter a wrong UID the waiver will not be attached to your application.
  • Your application (Functional Description); what the application does and why.
  • The test case your application is not able to pass without this waiver (Failure Description). It is most helpful if you can describe how this test will fail with your application. You can also attach images etc. for clarification.
  • Then the most important part (Functional Justification): why should this application be granted the waiver; what are the technical grounds on which the application will not conform to the test criteria, and thus needs this waiver?
Waiver descr.png
  • Any device manufacturer or network operator contacts (Waiver Sponsors) who can give additional information regarding this application and the special needs (this is an optional tab and can be left empty).

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