As the iPhone becomes more and more popular to the world there is no doubt that jailbreaking the iphone has also gotten very popular. As a matter of fact jailbreaking the iphone has gotten so popular it has been featured on many reputable websites such as cnet.com, tuaw.com, and the list goes on. My point is that jailbreaking the iphone is allowing us the users to be able to do more than we could have imagined whether it be making our iphone a wireless router, to allowing us to make voip calls using skype and 3g unrestrictor.
Now that you know where jailbreaking the iphone is going we can speak of cydia and the business aspect of jailbreaking. For you the user jailbreaking is to get all of the goods but for developers it is like a gold mine with a lot of revenue potential. A year ago you had to purchase an application from cydia by downloading an app and paying the developer however he wanted you to pay whether it was through paypal or some other payment type. Now Saurik the creator of Cydia has created the Cydia Store which allows you to purchase a lot of great jailbroken apps all found in one section which you probably see every time you open the cydia app. The great thing about the cydia store is that you can pay using paypal or amazon payments and they go to saurik so your sure no foul play is involved as he is well known. Another great thing about this is that when you purchase an app you have to authenticate your iphone using your google email account or your facebook id. The authentication feature is great because this ties your purchases to your iphone, so lets say your iphone messes up and you have to restore it and lose your purchased applications. No need to worry because after your back into cydia and have authenticated yourself using your id you can re-download your purchased app for free as you have already paid for it.
Now lets speak of appsidy a new payment method for cydia, it seems fine as competition is always welcome. As of right now things are a little sketchy about this payment method, I have read around forums and done some research and people are having quite a few problems with purchases not going through but getting charged, to paying for an app and not being able to download it. Appsidy doesn’t charge an extra 25 cent paypal fee for using paypal to buy something using their service which is great and i’m sure once Appsidy gets up and running smoothly payments will go through without a problem. It looks like the competition is starting to get tough for cydia now that there are quite a few different stores set up for jailbroken iPhone’s such as rockapp and this new appsidy. Don’t get too excited though because with this new payment method comes a flaw. Take a look at their license transfer policy and NO REFUND policy and this might turn you away. Also look below for jay freemans aka Saurik’s thoughts on this new appsidy payment method which I got from http://iphone-enthusiast.blogspot.com
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