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How often do you actually pay for Apps off the market?

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    How often do you actually pay for Apps off the market?

    When I first got my phone, I was really resistant to buying any App. If it wasn't FREE to install, I didn't want it. In retrospect, I'm not sure why I felt so strongly about it. Let's put this in perspective:

    A Starbuck's coffee costs me $5 and lasts me a half hour. A paid app costs me typically $1-$3 and it's mine FOREVER and I get free updates and I can use it when I switch phones! I certainly get more use out of it than a cup of coffee. My lunch at McDonald's is going to cost me $5. Hard up for cash, eat a sandwich at home instead and buy the app.

    More often than not -- it's a $1. A dollar! For an app. I think the Devs time is worth at least a $1 if it's something I enjoy.

    Apps are SOOO cheap that I can't believe I had such a hangup about buying apps. Certainly all my favorite apps are the ones I have bought. FREE is nice and there are absolutely some gems, but it's no longer a requirement. I have bought plenty of apps to pimp my phone and I don't think I've spent more than $30 total. I spent more than that on the case to my phone!

    Anyways, I'm just curious how strongly you feel about paying for Apps? Do you always go with FREE apps? How much have you spent and on what type of apps?

    Mods- Feel free to move this to off-topic if that's more appropriate. I was just inspired to ask this question after reading about someone not wanting to buy an app that solved a need. I'm just super curious because I used to think the same way and now I enjoy my phone sooo much more for so little more extra investment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sidsixseven View Post
    When I first got my phone, I was really resistant to buying any App. If it wasn't FREE to install, I didn't want it. In retrospect, I'm not sure why I felt so strongly about it. Let's put this in perspective:

    A Starbuck's coffee costs me $5 and lasts me a half hour. A paid app costs me typically $1-$3 and it's mine FOREVER and I get free updates and I can use it when I switch phones! I certainly get more use out of it than a cup of coffee. My lunch at McDonald's is going to cost me $5. Hard up for cash, eat a sandwich at home instead and buy the app.

    More often than not -- it's a $1. A dollar! For an app. I think the Devs time is worth at least a $1 if it's something I enjoy.

    Apps are SOOO cheap that I can't believe I had such a hangup about buying apps. Certainly all my favorite apps are the ones I have bought. FREE is nice and there are absolutely some gems, but it's no longer a requirement. I have bought plenty of apps to pimp my phone and I don't think I've spent more than $30 total. I spent more than that on the case to my phone!

    Anyways, I'm just curious how strongly you feel about paying for Apps? Do you always go with FREE apps? How much have you spent and on what type of apps?

    Mods- Feel free to move this to off-topic if that's more appropriate. I was just inspired to ask this question after reading about someone not wanting to buy an app that solved a need. I'm just super curious because I used to think the same way and now I enjoy my phone sooo much more for so little more extra investment.
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    I told myself that I was only going to use FREE apps when I got my Droid. And that's exactly what I did, until I started finding more and more uses for the phone. Now with the Thunderbolt I have a ton of free apps. I also have quite a few paid apps. Several of the apps I have bought did not cost only a dollar. They were still MUCH cheaper than a comparable desktop application and have performed admirably. I have ZERO remorse related to purchasing the upgraded apps and will continue to upgrade free apps that do what they advertise.

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    I rarely buy apps unless I feel the need to.

    The problem is buying an app doesn't mean it will be supported forever. There where a few apps I have bought the Dev either straight up stopped supporting or made it free then stopped supporting.

    Honestly I would rather pick and choose who I donate to outside of android market. The Dev gets way way way more money and it is more likely they will keep supporting and making new things. Having a paid app on android market the dev won't see much of that money you pay after Google takes out fees.
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    Good Post....


    wow.... That was my same exact way of thinking on apps.. I have even spent 10 bucks on one app. IP Cam View. It's too cool if you have a ip cam. http://www.access-entry.co.uk/epages..._Configuration


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    If I need an app and it costs money, I'll buy it....but I don't go looking to spend money on apps.

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    If I really like the app and the paid version has features I want and/like, I will buy it to support its development. When an app developer is upfront about what you get free vs. paid and allows you to access most of those features (trying it for free), I think more people are willing to pay a few bucks for it. At least, that's how I look at it.
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    The only app i have actually had to pay for was tapatalk

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    Here's the info after syncing my apps with appbrain. I don't mind paying for an app as long as it's something I'm going to use. The fact we only get 15 mins to test it really blows now because it truly takes more time than that to decide if the app/widget is really that useful.

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    Granted some of that $105 is from the free apps of the day from Amazon but there are others I've paid for.

    For some reason Appbrain says I have an Incredible 2 but it's my Thunderbolt. Anyone else experience this??

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    Quote Originally Posted by terablue View Post
    If I really like the app and the paid version has features I want and/like, I will buy it to support its development. When an app developer is upfront about what you get free vs. paid and allows you to access most of those features (trying it for free), I think more people are willing to pay a few bucks for it. At least, that's how I look at it.
    This is right on. At first, I tried the free version and then if the developer advanced the app, I would then purchase the upgraded version. Sometimes you just can't tell if you will really be able to use the App, so the free version gives you a little taste of it, and then you can go from that point. Apart from the App market, the devs that put the time into the ROMs and Kernels deserve credit and donations as without their work our mini processors would not be as cool as they are.


 

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