Pricing

  • Paid Apps On The Decline: 90% Of iOS Apps Are Free, Up From 80-84% During 2010-2012, Says Flurry

    Paid Apps On The Decline: 90% Of iOS Apps Are Free, Up From 80-84% During 2010-2012, Says Flurry

    The trend toward more mobile applications going free continues, app analytics provider Flurry confirms this morning in a new report focused on app price changes over time. The company, whose analytics service now runs in nearly 350,000 mobile applications, found that around 80 to 84 percent of iOS apps were free between 2010 and 2012, but by 2013, 90 percent of iOS apps in its network were… Read More

  • Google Glass Targeting End Of 2013 Consumer Release, With Price Tag Under $1,500

    Google Glass Targeting End Of 2013 Consumer Release, With Price Tag Under $1,500

    Google seems to be looking to bring its ambitious Google Glass wearable computer to market much faster than many likely anticipated, according to the Verge. Google told the site that it hopes to have a “fully-polished” version of Glass available for sale to ordinary consumers by the end of 2013. The cost will be under the $1,500 Google was asking for developer-targeted editions of… Read More

  • The iPad Mini Is Not Overpriced, And Sales Numbers Will Prove It

    The iPad Mini Is Not Overpriced, And Sales Numbers Will Prove It

    Price was perhaps always the most anticipated feature of the iPad mini, and now it’s proving the most controversial. My Twitter stream has been filled with arguments back and forth on the iPad mini’s $329 price tag, with many saying it’s too expensive and that Apple missed the mark. It’s a funny discussion in a lot of ways, but mostly because we already had it two years… Read More

  • iPad Mini Pricing Framed In Light Of Apple’s Dedication To Margins

    iPad Mini Pricing Framed In Light Of Apple’s Dedication To Margins

    Rumors around the iPad mini are understandably reaching a fever pitch now that an announcement seems likely for Oct. 23, and a new one over the weekend claims to have a breakdown of iPad mini unit pricing. While it seems unlikely that Apple would release pricing info to retail partners ahead of a new product launch, it isn’t entirely unprecedented. But are the costs in line with… Read More

  • App.net Now Has 20,000 Users, Drops Its Price From $50 To $36 Per Year, Introduces A $5 Per Month Plan

    App.net Now Has 20,000 Users, Drops Its Price From $50 To $36 Per Year, Introduces A $5 Per Month Plan

    App.net just announced some price changes to its Twitter-like service focused on unlimited API usage. The major change is a much needed 40 percent price drop for its yearly subscription. It now costs $36 per year. In addition to adjusting existing plans, the company is announcing another plan to try out the service. You can subscribe for $5 a month while you are uncertain about using the… Read More

  • Google Maps API Gets Massive Price Cut In The Wake Of Developer Defections

    Google Maps API Gets Massive Price Cut In The Wake Of Developer Defections

    Ever since Google introduced limits to how often developers could ping its popular Maps API for free and started charging developers for usage above these limits, we’ve seen a slew of prominent developers like¬†Foursquare¬†switch over to other platforms, including the open-source project OpenStreetMap. Now, it looks like Google has noticed that it couldn’t keep charging up to $4… Read More

  • Amazon fighting with publishers over pricing

    Amazon fighting with publishers over pricing

    Apparently all is not well in e-book land. In an unusual move, publisher Macmillan took out an ad in the Publishers Marketplace magazine protesting the tactics being used by Amazon regarding pricing. The issue is Macmillan is trying to raise prices to $15.00 and up, and Amazon is trying to lock the prices at $9.99 and up per title. Read More

  • It's Wii-Day! The Wii is $199

    It's Wii-Day! The Wii is $199


    Amazon, a company that sells things, is now selling the Wii for $199 and this price should appear across the board. Read More

  • Windows 7 pricing released, with limited time discounts

    Windows 7 pricing released, with limited time discounts

    Microsoft has announced the pricing for Windows 7, due to be released on October 22. The Home Premium upgrade version will cost $119.99 — ten bucks cheaper than the comparable version of Vista! Other news outlets are trying to spin this as “8% less”, but we know you, dear readers, aren’t fooled by such sleight of hand. Windows 7 Professional upgrade will run $199.99. Read More

  • TrueCar shifts into gear

    TrueCar, an information service launched at TechCrunch50 that aims to give potential new car buyers an idea of what the price tag of the vehicle they’re considering purchasing should really be reading, is officially launching its free consumer-focused website today by taking the beta label off. In essence, the service allows car buyers to check if the price for their next car is on par… Read More

  • iPhone not selling well in Japan, now available for free

    iPhone not selling well in Japan, now available for free

    There are no official statistics available as how well the iPhone sells after Apple started offering it in the Japanese market in July last year. Now Softbank Mobile, one of Asia’s biggest tech companies and the exclusive carrier for the iPhone in Japan, thinks sales need a boost and decided to give away the hardware basically for free [JP]. Read More

  • AT&T iPhone 3G pricing released

    AT&T retail stores will be open at 8AM local time on July 11th, so be “iReady!” Existing customers who don’t qualify for an upgrade will have to shell out $399 and $499 for the corresponding iP3G model. Customers who don’t want to extend their current contract will pay $599 for the 8GB and $699 for the 16GB model. Current AT&T customers who want to upgrade to… Read More

  • Orange to screw French, tastefully, with FranciPhone

    Mac4Ever.com is reporting that the iPhone in France will cost 149 euro for the 8GB and 199 euro for the 16GB. While this is total and absolute bullshit – this $1-to-1 euro scam CE manufacturers have going on is as ludicrous as their $1-to-1 British pound crap that they try to pull in England – it means folks will be paying $200 and $250 respectively for hardware that costs… Read More

  • Universal Will Still Supply Apple With Music

    Universal Will Still Supply Apple With Music

    The other day, people started getting freaky because Universal Music Group stated it was not renewing its iTunes contract with Apple. Everyone, myself included, took it as a sign that UMG would be pulling out of iTunes altogether and that millions of available songs would be lost forever. Luckily, that’s not the case. After realizing the public flipped out about the statement… Read More

  • Blu-Ray Just Got Hella Cheap

    Been itching to take full advantage of that hi-def TV you recently purchased? If there ever was a time to buy a Blu-Ray player, it’s now. Pioneer recently announced it would be bringing its BDC-2202 Blu-Ray player to the United States in June. It can read BD-R discs at up to 5x and dual-layer discs at 2x speeds and looks like a pretty decent player overall. But why so great? What makes… Read More

  • HD-DVD Wins: $299 Player On The Way

    HD-DVD Wins: $299 Player On The Way

    Wal-Mart and China have teamed up and this time it’s not to bring you cheap clothing at a reduced price. Walton & Co. have acquired 2 million HD-DVD players from the Great Wall Corporation, which is based out of — wait for it — China. The electronics come from TDK and Fuh Yuan, so at least it still holds a chance of not being a POS. But the best part out of all this news? Read More

  • Ditch T-Mobile Without The Fees

    Ditch T-Mobile Without The Fees

    We’re not sure if you noticed or not, but recently it seems every carrier is raising SMS prices. Now T-Mobile has joined its rivals by increasing rates for SMS, yet decreasing MMS prices. And when a provider changes it’s service, you know what that means kids… That’s right! It means you can cut and run with T-Mobile without forking over a $200 cancellation fee. Boy… Read More

  • Toshiba HD DVD May Gain Market Share With Lowered MSRP

    Toshiba HD DVD May Gain Market Share With Lowered MSRP

    Lately, Blu-Ray seems to be lurching ahead with increased sales and growing appeal. But come April 1st, the tables may turn for Sony and its next-gen format. According to several retailers who posted on the AVS Forums, Toshiba will be updating its MSRP on the HD-A2 HD-DVD Player to $399, the HD-A20 to $499, and the HD-XA2 to $799. These new prices (especially the A2’s) should lure in… Read More

  • iPhone Too 'Spensive For Consumers

    iPhone Too 'Spensive For Consumers

    Looks like Apple may be in for some decreased sales come the release of the iPhone. According to a recent survey done with 379 people, the price of the iPhone is too expensive for most people’s tastes. In fact, only 1% of those surveyed said they’d shell out $500 for an iPhone. 42% said they’d pay $200 to $299, while 60% said they’d switch their carrier to get their… Read More

  • PriceProtectr Tracks Your Purhcases for Price Protection

    PriceProtectr Tracks Your Purhcases for Price Protection

    Ten years ago, I was working at a big box electronics retailer just south of Seattle. This was the era of Pentium Procs with MMX, Pilot 5000s, and PCS cellphones. Our store offered price protection to its customers, which is the practice of refunding any difference in price resulting from a price change in a purchased item. Let’s say you pick up a 15-inch CRT for $399 on the 2nd, and… Read More