Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 12:57 UTC
Google Without giving any detailed information, Madfinger Games announced that because the piracy rates of their game Dead Trigger were so high on Android, they made the game available for free. This sucks balls. I'm interested in more detailed statistics, especially where, exactly, the piracy rate is highest, considering you can only get paid Google Play applications in 31 countries, and then, often only with a credit card (which many people outside of the US don't have and/or use). It wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if those piracy rates mostly come from places without paid applications support and/or with lousy payment options. In any case, Google needs to get its act together with the Play Store.
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RE[2]: What about kids?
by voidlogic on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 14:04 UTC in reply to "RE: What about kids?"
voidlogic
Member since:
2005-09-03

Are you going to tell us how you pay for things? What are the alternate payment options?

I have always considered a CC the currency of the 21st century... I don't personally know anyone who does not have one.

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RE[3]: What about kids?
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 14:10 in reply to "RE[2]: What about kids?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

We use debit cards for everything. Credit cards are a rarity, and almost exclusively used for travel. Our entire payment system is built around debit cards - both in real stores and online.

My Google Play/App Store/WP Marketplace accounts use my parents' credit card. They have one for travel. It's my only option. For many of my friends who don't have credit cards or parents with a card, they're out of luck.

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RE[4]: What about kids?
by _txf_ on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 14:15 in reply to "RE[3]: What about kids?"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

I don't use my credit cards a lot. But I do have them.

You are aware you can just ask your bank for one ?

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RE[4]: What about kids?
by voidlogic on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 14:19 in reply to "RE[3]: What about kids?"
voidlogic Member since:
2005-09-03

My debit card works anywhere my credit card works online... is this not the case with European debit cards?

I wasn't even considering debit and credit cards to be different in terms of this discussion...

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RE[4]: What about kids?
by henderson101 on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 15:35 in reply to "RE[3]: What about kids?"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

We use debit cards for everything.


Yes here too. Except, in the UK our Debit Cards have a provider linked to them. They still act *just like* a Debit Card (money comes from personal bank account, lack of funds will prevent use etc), but because they are Visa/MasterCard (majority, some used to be Solo), they will also work anywhere a "credit card" is required. Personally, my Debit Card is with Barclays and is a Visa Debit. It works everywhere, world wide, where Visa is accepted. If your cards don't work like that, well, they should.

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RE[4]: What about kids?
by IvoLimmen on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 19:32 in reply to "RE[3]: What about kids?"
IvoLimmen Member since:
2005-07-06

I myself also live in the Netherlands. Ever since I started working I own a credit card. Even though the name implies credit does not mean you can use it wisely: everything I pay is automatically subtracted from my normal account. I don't pay extra fees or pay my stuff in parts each month. I think a lot of fellow Dutchmen don't know about this option and therefore don't use a credit card. I have to say that I only own a credit card simply because I want to buy stuff online and if it is not a Dutch shop you either need PayPal (that can actually pay from your normal account; I linked it to my ING-account) or credit card.

Personally my travel experience is weird; I do bring my credit card to every country I visit, but every place I go has to option to simply use my debit card (And I prefer that because the credit card cost extra).
I even had that option in Thailand in 2001 (yes I was stunned by that too).

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RE[4]: What about kids?
by JAlexoid on Tue 24th Jul 2012 01:06 in reply to "RE[3]: What about kids?"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Irony is that in NL it's a total PITA that people don't have a real option for a web payment enabled debit card(like Visa virtual - http://www.visaeurope.com/en/cardholders/prepaid/virtual_cards.aspx )

Or at least, I haven't noticed when I was there.

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RE[3]: What about kids?
by smashIt on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 14:58 in reply to "RE[2]: What about kids?"
smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

Are you going to tell us how you pay for things?


cash when possible

What are the alternate payment options?


on amazon.at direct debit and purchase orders in addition to credit cards
amazo.co.uk won't accept direct debit and purchase orders

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RE[3]: What about kids?
by Wafflez on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 15:47 in reply to "RE[2]: What about kids?"
Wafflez Member since:
2011-06-26

Well I don't know anyone who has a credit card.

Closest thing I and all my friends have is a "virtual" or "online" MasterCard credit card for purchases with PayPal, etc. But it works like a debit card anyways. ;)

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RE[3]: What about kids?
by zima on Mon 30th Jul 2012 23:30 in reply to "RE[2]: What about kids?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I have always considered a CC the currency of the 21st century...

Calling credit cards specifically "the currency of the 21st century" almost couldn't be further from the truth... they are sort of obsolete, mostly just about the number, at their core virtually lacking modern security concepts - being from the times of blissful innocence.

Debit cards OTOH... (typically "online" in the sense that they require connection and authorisation for operations; but, historically, that complicated "online" - in the web sense - transactions)

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