Not So Free Apps
Jenny Leed works at a Gainesville restaurant and plays bejeweled blitz to relax.
"If the game helps me relieve stress and then they stress me out by trying to charge me, it's kinda like not purposeful," Leed said. "It just adds more frustration."
Leed isn't the only one. According to ctwatchdog.com, getting charged to continue to use your app or to enhance your experience is something many people are upset about.
"All of a sudden I got a notice on my phone that said 'if you like to continue playing it'll be $3.99 and had I not hit no I would have been charged," Leed said.
"You get something for free, if you like it, you can pay to upgrade, pay to unlock levels, pay for things to go faster," Stanton said. "In some ways it's good."
I-devices ask you for a password when making a purchase.
But keep an eye out for the text…no matter how small it is.
"This one I'm in, it just purchases. It doesn't ask me for a password," Stanton said. "There you see there's an order summary that I bought it for 99 cents."
Whether it's 99 cents or over a hundred dollars...Stanton says these app developers aren't doing anything illegal.
"It's not a scam because they tell you how much it costs, it throws up the security but I think it's a little intrusive in some of the games," Stanton says.
Intrusive and frustrating to users like Leed, and something all consumers should keep and eye out for.
"Just watch out for yourself, just make sure to watch everything," Leed said. "Make sure if you get a little notice to check out what they are giving you a notice for."
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