The scourge of in-App purchases

I love technology. Lots of people make a lot of money from it. I get it too. Of course it is fair and right that companies make money from the software and hardware they develop. That’s business.

What I think is deplorable however is companies that will give away their software, in particular games, and then monetise the opportunity to play.

Rightly or wrongly both of my boys have iPhones. Don’t get me wrong. They’re hand-me-downs and contain mostly educational games and there is no SIM card inside. They are essentially posh iPods.

With it being the holidays, I relented and allowed my eldest to access a Spiderman game. He happily played it for a while but then it started saying he had to wait a few minutes to continue playing the game OR pay to get extra lives to carry on playing. The tantrum and upset that then followed was horrible.

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