Windows 8 phone app

Hi, first this is not a question of if we should create an app for Windows phone. What I need help with is how to get the app on the device to test.

I hired a developer and he has Visual Basic and all the software required to create the app. That part is fine. But I am being told for me to test the app as a tester I need to purchase Visual Basic and from their I can install the app on my hardware device.

I find that hard to believe. Apple allows a simple testing program where I can upload the app to a server then let authorized users download. Android does it about the same way with APK files. How as a tester do I test a Windows phone app without having to buy un-needed software?
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Robert SaylorSenior DeveloperAsked:
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KimputerCommented:
Even with Apple, it's not just that "simple" as you described (you still have to go through registration and paying a fee)
But the developer is correct, as shown here:
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/ff402565(v=vs.105).aspx#BKMK_device
However, I would suspect it wouldn't be a problem if you provided him with a Win8 Phone for a few minutes for the developer to register the device and to put the app on it (assuming he's a registered app developer already)
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Robert SaylorSenior DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Sounds like I will have to buy software or ship the phone to India then have it sent back.
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KimputerCommented:
Having an overseas developer will indeed have these problems (indeed easier if you were working on PC/iOS/Android)
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Robert SaylorSenior DeveloperAuthor Commented:
I see that now. So just to confirm the only way to test is to buy software. I just need that confirmation so I can go tell my boss I need to spend $500.

Visual Studio 2013 Pro:
https://www.mychoicesoftware.com/products/microsoft-visual-studio-professional-2013-retail-license?variant=3096795841
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KimputerCommented:
That's correct. Though additional costs can occur too, as you need to be a registered developer to test it. I don't think the developer will give up his usernames and passwords. So you probably have to pay 19 dollars annually (of course, you can stop paying if you stop developing any further).
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Robert SaylorSenior DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Thanks! The costs we don't mind as long as we are buying the correct items to test and deploy.
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