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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. Mista Brothason's Avatar
      Mista Brothason -
      Listen man, I work for a major ISP in Canada, even if you wanted to you couldn't but be my guest. I am a nice guy until a bunch of these ladies started dissing me because I wanted it for free. I am a very nice guy, you guys just like to talk a lot of **** and then ban me for speaking my mind. Like I said, I have no problem with "contributing to the community", its just that i'm not down with Amazon, ya digg?
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mista Brothason View Post
      Listen man, I work for a major ISP in Canada, even if you wanted to you couldn't but be my guest. I am a nice guy until a bunch of these ladies started dissing me because I wanted it for free. I am a very nice guy, you guys just like to talk a lot of **** and then ban me for speaking my mind. Like I said, I have no problem with "contributing to the community", its just that i'm not down with Amazon, ya digg?
      Fair enough....and I believe in second chances. I apologize if you got hammered by anyone, you should find quite a great community here....but here's the deal.

      Forum rules include: No warez, no profanity and no insults. We got alot of very young members and alot of other reasons for the rules, including hefty legal bills.

      Play and stay.....your call.
    1. Mista Brothason's Avatar
      Mista Brothason -
      It's all gravy, I can play nice too ok ladies?... It's not my fault I grew up in an age were half the media I come across is easily obtained free of charge... anywho I hope your baby is feeling better and with that said, lets move on and not make a tom-foolery out of this

      I'm over it lol
    1. cpjr's Avatar
      cpjr -
      ^Thanks, he is (some).

      And everyone likes "freebies", we just dont want it around this site

      Welcome to MMi.
    1. Imahottguy's Avatar
      Imahottguy -
      I guess I don't understand how people could dis the Cydia Store. Saurik has offered us nothing but free and awesome apps, and this is the thanks that he gets? My god everyone, it's a dollar. Don't you think that all of his hard work should be rewarded? This is just like DDR S Lite. Look it up in the App Store, and read the reviews. All of these idiots completely missed the fact that it was just a demo to show what the polished version was going to be like. It included one song, and with only one difficulty. In the description it even said that it was just a demo. But there were still these complete idiots saying crap like "What? Only one song?" "No varying difficulty??". It was so stupid. This thread reminds me of the reviews. The ones who actually understand are excited, and the ones that just don't get it, well, are confused.
    1. Juar3z's Avatar
      Juar3z -
      dont we jailbreak our phones to be able to put cool apps on and do it for free? i can understand giving donations here or there but having to pay just to get the app like a sms and mms which suck u have to buy...... thats just my .02
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Juar3z View Post
      dont we jailbreak our phones to be able to put cool apps on and do it for free? i can understand giving donations here or there but having to pay just to get the app like a sms and mms which suck u have to buy...... thats just my .02
      No, I jailbrake to enable me to get Apps that Apple don't allow on the app store.

      If the developers of those apps want to charge I have no problem deciding whether an app is worth the money or not. I have no problem paying for apps I use.
    1. greenleaf187's Avatar
      greenleaf187 -
      Because I can.
      This is getting into a power game. No need to get ego involved in this subject, it's just an arguement, human nature.

      But I do find it funny how people are scolding those so-called 'freebies', yet you find them scattering by the fact that working hard to find that one dollar is a total b*tch.
      If you had had donated earlier, saurik wouldn't be releasing the store in the first place.
    1. kelticfury's Avatar
      kelticfury -
      I think when people start trying to profit from quasi legal activities is right about the time that the lawyers get involved.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      The whole jailbraking legal argument came about because the EFF wanted to specifically state that jailbraking IS legal.


      There is nothing 'quasi' legal about it.
    1. Imahottguy's Avatar
      Imahottguy -
      Quote Originally Posted by greenleaf187 View Post
      ... If you had had donated earlier, saurik wouldn't be releasing the store in the first place.
      Really? You really think that if we all donated, there would be no Cydia Store? Come on. In a perfect world, yes, everything would be on the honor system. But lets face reality, the store isn't because not enough donations were received. We need to re-educate everyone; JB'ing your iPhone/iPod Touch shouldn't be to get all the free / cracked apps that you can handle. It is to unleash the full potentail of said device. Naturally, some devs are going to want to be paid for doing what they do. For them it is their job.
    1. Buckmaster's Avatar
      Buckmaster -
      It is ok to mod the Iphone, but bad to mod a app from the Cydia Store, yea right
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Moding to improve is quite different fro stealing.
    1. BenzoHartt's Avatar
      BenzoHartt -
      My account was billed twice for the one dollar app. Who do i get in touch with about that? I'd hate to get billed Twice for something bigger. I tried logging in to Amazon.com but it doesn't show a record of the transaction at all. Am i the only person having this problem?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by BenzoHartt View Post
      My account was billed twice for the one dollar app. Who do i get in touch with about that? I'd hate to get billed Twice for something bigger. I tried logging in to Amazon.com but it doesn't show a record of the transaction at all. Am i the only person having this problem?
      That's not good - I was only billed once and I think others would have complained if it happened frequently.

      I would email saurik - I'm sure it was a 'glitch' and he can sort it out. This was one reason why there is only 1 $1 app at the moment - to make sure there are no problems like this.

      Good luck.
    1. tha5150's Avatar
      tha5150 -
      would be funny if this was released on April Fools and at 11:55pm that night, he says APRIL FOOLS!! HAHAH!!! GOTCHA!!!

      that would be hilarious. but to all who wont pay for this app, your a cheap barstard. 1 flippin dollar. to support SOMEONE ELSE doing all the legwork for the apps you love and use alot. probably more than you think..
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Cydia needed an appstore. Hopefully they will cram all of the commercial apps in there so that people will stop complaining about downloading something from Cydia and then having to pay to continue using it.

      Devs work hard on their projects and if they want to be compensated then they should have a chance at doing it. Not everyone will buy it, but a lot of people will.
    1. surfnc25's Avatar
      surfnc25 -
      yeah once paypal is involved I will fee better about purchasing apps form a 3rd party app store. Not to say Saurik would do anything shady but others out there would just to do it. Paypal may charge a lot for fees and all that but I always feel safe dealing with websites that use paypal. I hope some good useful cheaper apps will be available. I have owned my iphone for 5 months now and have only purchased one app and that was IM+ for $1.99 because it was on sale one day. I personally think the FREE apps in the app store and Cydia are GREAT and can do what I need them to do on a everyday basis. I will keep checking back to see what Cydia store has to offer.
    1. Nimbulan's Avatar
      Nimbulan -
      So I get charged $1 a year, for 10 years?
      This is an outrage =P
    1. boe_dye's Avatar
      boe_dye -
      Quote Originally Posted by cpjr View Post
      ^+1

      At least iphone software is CHEAP.

      Wanna complain, check out software for a blackberry or WinMobile device......much higher priced.
      Not at all really, there is a ridiculously huge community of devs out there who make some really great applications for free on the windows mobile platform.

      In fact up until I got my iphone, with the exception of 1 program, I made my HTC Wizard function exactly like the iPhone using freeware programs.

      Actually I made it do somethings that iPhone couldn't do, and again, all for free.

      Now granted there are alot of things out there that cost money, but there are just as many things that don't.

      Although, with my experience with my wifes Blackberry, your statement is pretty much spot on.