Apple Now Charging to Re-Download Apps on the iPhone?
UPDATE: Per comments below, this only seems to be effecting some users and only on 3.0 Beta firmware. We’ve also added a poll in the forum so we can see what everyone thinks. Take a moment to vote, betas can and do change…
Original: Looks like Apple’s begun charging full price if you try to download an app you’ve already bought over the iPhone. This did not used to be the case — previously you’d be given a dialog stating you’d already bought it and you could go ahead and re-download it for free. Now the dialog says you can still re-download it for free on your computer (via iTunes), but if you want to download it again directly to your iPhone, you’ve got to buy it again.
What’s going on here? Not bandwidth control, since free apps and updates to paid apps are still free. Not device restriction, because you can still re-download for free via iTunes (though it’s not as convenient, of course).
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