Let’s be honest, EVERYONE, irrespective of their bank balance, loves FREE stuff. Whenever we read the word FREE, we tend to immediately pounce on it, without thinking even for a moment exactly what it is that we’re get ourselves into. A wise man once told me, “Son, NOTHING in this world is FREE.” That’s the cold hard truth of life. So anything that has the word FREE attached to it, usually has some hidden motive which you might not notice at first, but soon you’ll find yourself having Buyer’s Remorse. The same is true for all the FREE iPhone Apps that are currently listed on the iTunes App Store.

In my personal experience, majority of the Apps that are FREE, either have one of two things or both:

  • Advertisements
  • In-App-Purchases

I’m in no position to judge someone’s morality, because the Developer who made the App needs to make money somehow, to support himself and his family; but the fact that he/she chooses to do so at the expense of the App User, is simply WRONG.

There are a number of ways a Developer selling FREE Apps can make money. One way is to load the App with zillion annoying and distracting advertisements that makes it impossible to use the App, and then have an In-App-Purchase to Remove (Disable) All The Advertisements. In this case, if the user doesn’t have legitimate/quality alternatives, he/she is forced to make that In-App-Purchase to Remove The Advertisements. In layman terms, it’s known as Blackmail or Extortion. Anytime you force the user to do something, you’re in essence Blackmailing them just so you can make couple extra bucks. This is not the right way to do Business.

Another way an App Developer can make money is by having In-App-Purchases for every single feature of the App, and sometimes to fault. I mean, what good is an App if you have to pay to unlock every single small feature; it’s a waste of time and money.

In conclusion, I’ll just say this:

You would be better off Buying an App that has No Advertisements and No In-App-Purchases, than downloading some low quality FREE App that is created solely for the purpose of sucking money out of your wallet.


Posted: March 22, 2014 at 11:20 pm, Last Updated: March 26, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Beware of Free iPhone Apps