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  • First Look: Purchasing from the Cydia Store


    Well it is officially open. Just to test it out I decided to pick up the first paid Cydia App: Cyntact. The first thing you will notice after installing the new Cydia is Cyntact up there in changes. You'll also notice that the title and description is in the color blue instead of black like normal applications. This blue color indicated that it is a Cydia Store Application. That is the only difference you will see in the new Cydia as nothing else menu-wise has changed.

    On to the buying. This process took me ages here the first time around. First I had to sign in with my google account, go through some steps to link the account, etc. Next was signing in with my amazon.com account and going through all the various steps (including remembering my password ) to buy the app. Finally I had purchased the app and was able to install it.

    All said in done the entire process took me about 10 mins including one password lookup in the keychain on my computer. I noticed while authorizing Cydia on my google account there was a button to remember Cydia for later use with my google account so I hopefully wont have to go through all those hoops again. I also noticed a similar option when finally paying with amazon.com to keep my information on file. Something to note is the fact that amazon.com is the only current payment option so users without a US address can not purchase from the Cydia Store right now. If you can get an amazon account you can purchase from the Cydia Store. When questioned about paypal Saurik said, "I am going to work on PayPal support for next week. (I did Amazon first as PayPal has a worse experience and is more expensive)."

    I can not say for sure whether or not the process is as streamlined as it should be or not. The first purchase takes a long time. Is all my information saved for future purchases? I guess I'll have to wait until I buy a second app from the Cydia Store. Assuming it doesn't require me to login a couple times etc then the Cydia Store looks like it could be a big win in convenience for the end user when purchasing jailbreak apps.

    The changes I'm really looking forward to in Cydia is the Comments and rating systems that Saurik has not yet implemented "Comments and ratings will be out soon: I just want to think through scalability one more time (I don't want it to kill payments ;P)." For now business as usual on the enduser side of things. Cydia is Cydia. The store probably won't effect those who aren't interested in it.

    Want to see the whole step-by-step process of purchasing in Cydia? Slideshow below.



    edit: some more info
    • Saurik is looking into doing direct credit card processing in the future.
    • The purchase is tied to your Cydia account. If you get a new iPhone your purchase will still be valid.
    • Saurik does not plan on charging for applications like Cyntact in the future.
    • Cyntact does not have any DRM. Saurik is working with current commercial applications to handle whatever DRM they may have.
    • If you've had a failed payment (such as, a credit card decline) you will need to be patient since Saurik has not coded in support for that yet.
    btw thx Dan-k aka ckybam69 for tipping us that the Cydia Store went live
    This article was originally published in forum thread: First Look: Purchasing from the Cydia Store started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 114 Comments
    1. Tizocman's Avatar
      Tizocman -
      Quote Originally Posted by sayam View Post
      Just a question. Does the app have any security. I mean that anyone can pull it off the phone and redistribute it to people who did not buy it. It will be facing piracy just like the appstore if that's possible...
      He Says its DRM Free But Dont Steal From Him
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by brothason View Post
      I just found Cyntact cracked

      Thank you google
      Why?
    1. brothason's Avatar
      brothason -
      Because I can
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      You can pick your nose - doesn't mean you have to do it or that it's a nice thing to do.
    1. felacio's Avatar
      felacio -
      I just found Cyntact cracked

      Thank you google
      Wow, can't even spare a single dollar.. even if the program is essentially useless

      can't spare a buck to support everything Saurik has done for you thus far, all free might I add. **** move buddy. **** move.


      Anyways, the actual app is... in my mind, basically useless. the number 1 reason why is it's lack of compatibility with intelliscreen. I'm not going to pick something that has one tiny feature to something that has nearly a dozen. not a fair trade, so, until it's fixed to work with intelliscreen, I'm not re-installing it. because I BOUGHT IT ANYWAYS just to support Saurik.
    1. brothason's Avatar
      brothason -
      Don't be silly

      Until they get a paypal method of payment, I'm not paying jack

      I'm not sparing a single dollar

    1. felacio's Avatar
      felacio -
      Don't be silly

      Until they get a paypal method of payment, I'm not paying jack
      Thats a dumb reason too, how hard is it to setup an Amazon account?.. I mean, shouldn't EVERYONE have one by now?.

      next your going to say you didn't buy it because the sun was in your eyes?
      ..you have a hangnail?..
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Technically it's not cracked as it's DRM free. You couldn't have spared $1 for Saurik, shame on you.
      I'll buy it when there's an option to just use you Paypal details. Anyway I don't have pictures for my contacts so it will be pretty much useless to me.
    1. sale666's Avatar
      sale666 -
      @ A.T and confucious

      Both of you are retards so shut up... go ahead and pay for that kind of stuff! every 1 can donate but this is turning into an app store no 2 ....

      So **** it i aint payin for apps.. you go ahead and do so be an idiot and pay for ILLEGAL apps... viva la revolucion CRACK EVERYTHING HACK EVERYTHING! Software should be free! VIVA LINUX!

      and A.T dont like my comments DONT READ THEM THAN! Same as i WILL NOT BUY THEM!
    1. lisalisa911's Avatar
      lisalisa911 -
      I bought the app and it's great. It took me 3 minutes to do it. I think this is a good thing we will start to get the appstore rejected apps especially for those who develope apps they are happy with and apple isn't. And I don't understand why people have to steal these apps I don't think it will break your bank to pay a buck, and I'm sure most of the apps will be cheap like that. Just spare the buck and if you don't have it then you shouldn't get it at all then. Seriously!
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by brothason View Post
      Because I can
      I just banned you.

      Because I can.
    1. reddawg's Avatar
      reddawg -
      Until they get a paypal method of payment, I'm not paying jack
      I don't see what so difficult about paying through Amazon. I did read that the Cydia Store will be offering PayPal in the near future.

      I just noticed that brothason was banned. Well deserved!

      __________________________________________________ _____________
      "You ain't leading but two things right now: Jack and Sh*t, and Jack left town."
    1. felacio's Avatar
      felacio -
      Yay! thanx Mod!! *big thumbs up*
    1. rotaryheadrx7's Avatar
      rotaryheadrx7 -
      Ordered without a hitch...Mostly to support Saurik. There are already commercial apps on Cydia, all this does is make payment flow quicker and smoother hence creating a better end user experience.

      A+ to Saurik for an AppStore alternative. Competition does nothing but benefit the consumer.
    1. cellmate75's Avatar
      cellmate75 -
      NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!
      I don't wanna pay for apps from cydia

      That is what the app store is for
    1. OneRing2Rule's Avatar
      OneRing2Rule -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      I just banned you.

      Because I can.

      LOL Happy Noodle Boy for the win!
    1. darwina's Avatar
      darwina -
      I threw down a dollar for cyntact. Why not? My iPhone wouldn't be as awesome as it is without these people. :shrug: That said, I guess I could have lived without cyntact, but whatever.
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      I just banned you.

      Because I can.
      Lol. Guess you put the last nail in this coffin....I dug the hole last night
    1. Mista Brothason's Avatar
      Mista Brothason -
      Cyntact is a wonderful mod, thank you very much
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mista Brothason View Post
      Cyntact is a wonderful mod, thank you very much
      Are you going to place nice now? We can ban this account too, and it will be an IP ban. (Which means no more accounts)

      You have been warned.