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Apple to Charge for Redownloading iPhone Apps?

Apple to Charge for Redownloading iPhone Apps?

Posted May 31, 2009 at 11:00pm by iClarified
Apple may begin charging full price if you try to redownload an app you have already bought over the iPhone, according to a report by The iPhone Blog.

The warning message pictured below has been appearing to some users on the iPhone 3.0 beta firmware. Previously if you had purchased an iPhone app you could remove it and then easily redownload and install it on your iPhone as many times as you like.

Now the warning dialog suggests that you must re-download it using your computer; otherwise, you will have to pay full price for the app again.

The iPhone Blog believes that this is due to the on-device account management coming to iPhone 3.0. The ability to log in and out of multiple iTunes accounts on your iPhone could lead to the sharing of iPhone purchases with others who haven't paid for them.

Unfortunately, this could inconvenience the many who have legitimately purchases and simply prefer not to have all their apps always installed.

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Evan - June 2, 2009 at 5:35pm
This is a very bad decision. This will definitely increase the rate of app's being downloaded illegally. Way to go Apple.
Chris - June 1, 2009 at 12:15pm
Apple do not do this. I am already seriously frustrated with the terrible 3G (& even spotty EDGE) signal from AT&T. So many dropped calls...it's worse than cell service I had 10 years ago. Now this. Keep on pushing us to look at the Pre...especially when Verizon gets it in December!
Jay - June 1, 2009 at 1:15pm
Thats why I unlocked my iPhone so I didnt have to deal with AT&T. Ive had TMobile for 2 and half years now and very rarely ever dropped a call or had no service. Perfect example of why Apple should go with Verizon and TMobile US for the next iPhone but that wont happen cause they dont want to make money I guess.
Jethro - May 31, 2009 at 11:55pm
That's dumb, no one's going tap buy, just wait til you get home and redownload it again for free. Apple really didn't think that through.
Nick - June 1, 2009 at 9:48am
This shouldn't have surprised me when I read it........Guess Apple is going for the screw the customer approach.
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