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Old 06/01/2009, 05:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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If you own an iPhone nowadays, and you've decided you want to try out a Palm Pre, or any other device really, then go ahead and do it.

Oh, wait.

What about all those apps you've bought? Some people have spent hundreds of dollars/pounds/yen/whatever on apps, from games to productivity applications, and will be loath to leave these behind. This is part of the genius of the app store* - and presents a major problem for the Pre, but also for consumers more generally. For the first time ever, people are able to buy really good, immersive games and applications for their devices, but it means that they will be much less likely to switch platforms.

Is there any likelihood of developers providing some kind of switching code that will allow switchers to a different platform to download their app free, or perhaps (more likely) at a discount? Thoughts...
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Old 06/01/2009, 05:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Free apps are the most popular ones. I see your point, but if someone really wanted a Pre, the fact that they spent a couple bucks on apps isn't going to stop them.
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Old 06/01/2009, 06:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Anyone on an iPhone plan is more than likely spending around $120 per month on their service alone, so losing a hundred or so dollars in apps really isn't a huge loss. Get an iPod Touch and call it a day.
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Old 06/01/2009, 06:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Anyone on an iPhone plan is more than likely spending around $120 per month on their service alone, so losing a hundred or so dollars in apps really isn't a huge loss. Get an iPod Touch and call it a day.
Or keep your iPhone without ATT service and just use it as an iPod Touch.
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Old 06/01/2009, 06:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The same can be said for any platform.. PalmOS, Windows Mobile, etc. Can be costly to switch platforms if you invest a great deal into one. Don't be surprised that not many software apps will allow porting licenses to another platform. Might happen but will be a rarity. You won't be able to prove that the license you have will not move with the phone when you get rid of it.
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