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7/30/2015
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Nathan Eddy
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10 Pricey iPhone Apps That Will Leave You Broke

InformationWeek went searching for the most expensive iPhone apps that are out there. Here's our Top 10.
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SafeSession Voice Deploys Encryption ($299.99)
This pricey communications app provides mobile secure voice over IP (VoIP) calls through an Internet channel where your phone conversation is protected by voice encryption algorithms. It's important to note that you can talk in the secure mode only if your partner has installed the SafeSession secure software to his or her device too, so you better have some rich friends to call.

SafeSession Voice Deploys Encryption ($299.99)

This pricey communications app provides mobile secure voice over IP (VoIP) calls through an Internet channel where your phone conversation is protected by voice encryption algorithms. It's important to note that you can talk in the secure mode only if your partner has installed the SafeSession secure software to his or her device too, so you better have some rich friends to call.

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shamika
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7/30/2015 | 1:36:54 PM
Apps
Well this is an interesting article. In my view I think, people will tend to buy those apps if it helps them to spend a relaxed life. 
progman2000
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7/30/2015 | 8:07:55 PM
Re: Apps
How many copies of that snow globe app could possibly have been sold?  That's crazy!
Whoopty
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7/31/2015 | 7:50:54 AM
Re: Apps
Unfortunately that seems to be the way it goes with the app stores. As soon as something popular comes along, a thousand copycats appear. 

Hell, even the bigger developers are guilty of this. Some of the biggest success stories are rip offs. Angry Birds was a copy of Crush the Castle, Farmville was a copy of Farm Town and Tiny Tower was ripped off from Dream Heights and so on. 
progman2000
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7/31/2015 | 8:44:23 AM
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I didn't realize Angry Birds and Farmville were copy cats. That's interesting. I'm assuming the originals were written by garage developers that didn't do much for marketing.
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7/31/2015 | 2:04:39 PM
Re: Apps
@progman: if there weren't different versions from different developers then it would not be a diverse, and competitive marketplace. If it weren't a competitive marketplace then cost of phones and services would have been higher because the company (Apple, Google) wouldn't be making profits from app stores.
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7/31/2015 | 1:54:22 PM
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@whoopty: true. They aren't really copycats though, as they dont use the same code or source api and packages but they are rather influenced and inspired by the originals.
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7/31/2015 | 2:11:39 PM
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Ha, by far the most pointless app on this list! And the App Store description says it's "worth every penny"... unless you can use the app to actually make it snow, I'd disagree.
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7/30/2015 | 2:26:15 PM
TouchChat AAC With WordPower
I love this app. Most of the young crowd will like this app.
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7/30/2015 | 3:39:40 PM
Re: TouchChat AAC With WordPower
Personally, if an app to help those with speech impairment is available, I am a little perplexed why it warrants such a high cost.  It seems a little un-altruistic to charge so much for an app that is positioned as a way to help those who struggle with speech.
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7/30/2015 | 4:18:50 PM
Re: TouchChat AAC With WordPower
@stratustician I thought the same thing. It's one thing to charge a lot for a messaging app, it's different to charge that kind of price for a service that's meant to help people with a disability or illness. I understand the creators of the app want to make money, but there's no reason it should cost that much (if anything at all).
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7/31/2015 | 1:56:54 PM
Re: TouchChat AAC With WordPower
Did you know registering tinder needs a sum of 9.99 dollars? That isn't too much but it is too much by app standards!
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7/31/2015 | 2:38:39 PM
Re: TouchChat AAC With WordPower
> Personally, if an app to help those with speech impairment is available, I am a little
> perplexed why it warrants such a high cost.  It seems a little un-altruistic to charge
> so much for an app that is positioned as a way to help those who struggle with speech.

Stratustician:

If a public office or an NGO is making this app I can understand that they'll keep the pricing low. If its a private sector innovation and some garage developers have made that for profit motive than I dont see why they should keep the price very low as its for their own bread and butter and to pay the bills. In this case then some NGO or association should intervene to sponsor the app for the needy subset as speach impairment does not imply low affordability necessarily.
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7/31/2015 | 2:27:02 PM
Safe session
Encrypted Voice over IP by Safe Session. Cant this be used by terrorits?

And if not, because there are legal intercpets in place by agencies. Then its not secure enough in the first place.
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7/31/2015 | 2:44:35 PM
MobiGage NDI Automates Inspection ($999.99)
If an app solves a real business problem that costs more than the app price. Then the app is not expensive even if it costs $999.

Such is the case that seem to be with MobiGage NDI Automates Inspection ($999.99). It seem to solve a real business problem for a niche industry vertical.
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7/31/2015 | 3:01:49 PM
Re: MobiGage NDI Automates Inspection ($999.99)
Useless app

NDI is selling optical measure systems for medical procedures. An app for measurement on a Phone? How accurate is that? Come on? If we want accuracy, get a laser machine (to measure things.)
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