Linked by David Adams on Thu 30th Sep 2010 20:37 UTC, submitted by fran
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Pirating Android apps is a long-standing problem. But it seems to be getting worse, even as Google begins to respond much more aggressively. The dilemma: protecting developers' investments, and revenue stream, while keeping an open platform.
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Stratoukos
Member since:
2009-02-11

I think that pirating a $.99 app on a mobile device (iOS and Android) is more about the hassle than the actual price. Buying an app on an 'App Store' requires you to have an account with a credit card. I know plenty of people who own iPhones and iPod touches and haven't bothered to setup their account with their credit card. And there are also plenty of people without a credit card, especially in the 15-25 demographic.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Well that sounds like the lamest excuse for piracy so far.

It takes less than 10 minutes to setup an account and if you don't have credit card then you can use paypal or buy a prepaid account at the store.

Anyone who can afford an iphone can afford $1 apps, end of story. This is just another case of people pirating because they don't want to pay. It's freaking lame and shouldn't be excused.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Actually, they cannot use Paypal either. At least here in France, setting up a bank account (required for Paypal) requires being 18 or older.

The prepaid system is only valid for Apple, though it's a very valid point when Apple is concerned. We're in 2010, and there's still no simple and standardized way to buy online cash.

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Stratoukos Member since:
2009-02-11

It obviously isn't an excuse, but I find it more believable than refusing to buy an app for what is essentially couch change.

I don't have any experience with Android, but as far as I know PayPal is not an option for iOS.

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