December 12th, 2006

$8.99 for a cell phone game?!?!?!?!

Is it any wonder that consumers find mobile applications expensive?

I just paid $8.99 to download SIL to my handset. I still can’t believe that I did it. The game is good – I rated it highly in the Nokia Forum Awards, but seriously. Is this a sign that mobile games will be limited to a niche market of consumers without dedicated handheld gaming devices who are not price-sensitive? I played the game initially on my N80 – was much better on that device than the phone that I downloaded it to. You may ask why I didn’t download to my unlocked N80?

Because I couldn’t find the carrier’s mobile content portal. Go figure.

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