Do you Prefer Paid Apps or Free Apps with In-App Purchases? [Poll]

The Internet is a business just like any other. As consumers, we are asked to pay for several different things via the Internet one way or the other. We’re asked to pay for our Internet access and asked to pay for our devices that carry the Internet. We offer to pay for the songs and apps that we download. Yet more and more lately, we’re offered the choice of paying straight out for an app or getting the app for free but paying later with In-App Purchases. Which is better?

We’ve all had it happen to us. We download a free app only to find that to use the best functions, we need to pay more as “in-app purchases.” It happens even more with games. You can’t proceed to a certain level or use the tools to help you win the game unless you pay more while you’re in the middle of the game. It can be very frustrating. Suddenly your free game isn’t so free. The question is if it’s better to get that choice after you download the app or if it’s better to just pay up front when you’re downloading the app.

Is it better to have a choice of when to pay or just to know up front what you’re getting into? Is it okay for them to “fake us out” and make us think it’s free only to then have us paying more to iTunes or the Google Play Store? Or is it better to know exactly how much we’ll be asked to pay at the time of download?

Do you prefer paid apps or free apps with in-app purchases?

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.

One comment

  1. I’d rather pay for Paid Apps rather than the In-App Purchases. THey are more at risk at being hacked than Paid Apps.

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