Do You Buy Apps For Your Phone? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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poll-july-14Last week, following the first launch ever of a FirefoxOS phone, we asked you if you’ll dump your current phone for a FirefoxOS phone. Considering the novelty of the OS, and how different it is from Android and iOS, the results were definitely surprising.

Out of 687 votes in total, only 14% answered “No way”; 16% said they won’t get it right now, but might in the future; 17% will get one as soon as they can; 19% think they probably won’t get it, but don’t want to rule it out completely; and 34% of the voters want to give it some time before they decide either way. Seems like FirefoxOS could have a future after all!

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

Don’t forget to check out last week’s best comment by Rudi N, who managed to show me a side of the story I did not think about before. He gets a free MakeUseOf t-shirt of his choosing!

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This week’s poll question is: Do You Buy Apps For Your Phone?

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This might seem like an obvious question with an obvious answer, but it’s not. To this day, many users don’t pay for apps unless they really have to, and will only download an app if it’s free. If you’re one of those users, don’t think I’m mocking you, I’m much the same myself at times. For some reason, we would readily buy a drink for $5, but might feel like terrible spenders for buying a $2 app. It’s up to developers to help us realize that we might need this app more than we need that drink, and get us over the app-buying hump. It’s getting better, but many users are still not happy about buying apps. Where do you stand? Do you easily buy an app if you need it? Do you automatically look elsewhere when you find a paid app, even if it’s just what you need?

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How do you decide whether to pay for an app or not? How often do you buy paid apps? What are your reasons for buying apps or avoiding them? Tell us all about it in the comments!

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Comments (29)
  • Ian K

    I think iPhone and iPad users are more likely to pay for apps than Android users. You should test that theory in your next survey

  • jkcook

    If the app does something I really need and there’s no alternative or the alternative is way to inconvenient, then I’ll pay. One example is WordLens, a scanning translator. It was so worth it, I forked out the $5 to get the German-English version. (I live in Germany). Most of the time, though, there’s a freeware version that does the job sufficiently well to avoid paying.

  • Warren Trost

    I don’t even add free apps. My phone is for talk or text only even though it’s a Samsung Galaxy III with GPS stuff turned off.

  • Annie

    If i’ve invested a lot of time into a game and it’s really awesome and it only has several free levels i’ll usually break down and buy it. It’s rare that a game is that awesome.

  • Dan N

    Yes, I pay for good apps, especially ones w/o ads.

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