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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Comment by ephracis
by ephracis on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 14:51 UTC
ephracis
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2007-09-23

My bank (Swedbank) has a free service where I can create a digital credit card. I choose the amount of money, the expiration date (default of one month) and I get an image of a credit card in my browser containing all information I need (number,name,ccv,etc).

I really enjoy this. I could setup a card with an expiration date far into the future and use it everywhere if I want to. However, I choose to always create a new card whenever I need to buy something online. That way I never have to fear that the information will get stolen and someone will start to charge me, since I already spent all the money that is associated with the card (and it only lasts a month anyway). Also makes it a bit harder to spend my money which is always a good thing.

And I also want to add to what Thom said. Carrying a CC has a stigma associated with it. Not only does the card itself cost money, but the whole idea is that you spend money you don't have and pay interest on it. Most young adults here don't have a CC, they only carry a debit card.

I know more friends who have a land line (!) than a credit card. ;)

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RE: Comment by ephracis
by henderson101 on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 15:44 in reply to "Comment by ephracis"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

And I also want to add to what Thom said. Carrying a CC has a stigma associated with it. Not only does the card itself cost money, but the whole idea is that you spend money you don't have and pay interest on it. Most young adults here don't have a CC, they only carry a debit card


That is down to your bank. I personally have 1 credit card, issued by the Credit Card company associated with my bank. It's VISA (as VISA is more popular in the UK that pretty much all other credit brands) and it costs me nothing. No fee. Never has been one. It charges me interest, yes, but that's only when I use it.

The main reason to have a Credit Card in the UK these days is for online purchases. Our banks set a precedence that Debit Card purchases are "final" online. So, if we want any kind of security and "come back" when a purchase goes wrong, we need to use Credit Cards. Online fraud is growing, and Debit Cards provide little protection (depending on who you bank with.)

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RE[2]: Comment by ephracis
by Soulbender on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 18:20 in reply to "RE: Comment by ephracis"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Our banks set a precedence that Debit Card purchases are "final" online. So, if we want any kind of security and "come back" when a purchase goes wrong, we need to use Credit Cards.


I was going to say "that sounds a bit odd" but then I realized who have the most to benefit from credit cards....

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RE: Comment by ephracis
by Apricot on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 17:10 in reply to "Comment by ephracis"
Apricot Member since:
2012-07-23

Same here, and I agree with everything, but sadly the e-card service doesn't seem to work with Google Play anymore since a while back. ;)

Presumably because they draw a tiny amount first to check if the card works, and that locks the e-card somehow, like it can only be used to purchase things at one place or something. I don't know if that's true, but in any case it doesn't work.

I have resorted to buying a "spendon" prepaid card in a kiosk(pressbyrÄn) if I want to buy things on Google Play...

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