Some devs reporting paid apps being given away for free in the Windows Phone Store

An issue in the Windows Phone Store has popped up that may be costing developers money. The issue is putting paid apps that do not wish to have free trials available in the Store with free trials available. To make matters worse the free “trial” is actually just the full app, but for free.

Here are a few emails from devs reporting this problem:

Saturday, September 22, 2012 4:38 AM

Esko Laaksonen


I published a non-free app, which had trials disabled. Still I was able to download the “trial”, which was the full version of the app. I unpublished the app immediately.

Is this the way it is supposed to work? I don’t want trials, I rather make another application submission and exclude all features from the code I don’t want to support in the trial.


Saturday, September 22, 2012 5:32 AM


My investigation has shown that not all markets show the trial so many publishers won’t know this is happening, not unles their market has this fault.

This is an on-going problem.  Reports of this go back to the last (the one before the most recent) market place update.  About the only things you can be sure an update will bring, are even more chaos, even more things that don’t work, and even more fun watching our stuff get shifted around as if it’s all for free.


1 hour 8 minutes ago


And now that a week has passed, I can see all the apps are free for all.  No telling how much has been given away the last week since there’s no record.  Once again, let down BIG TIME!  Come on, this is a crime.

This is not good. Microsoft needs to get this bug fixed ASAP.

[via WMPU]

  • Shehroze

    What the hell is happening !!! Same case is happening with My Apps.This is really big Crime.
    Really disappointed.we want the money back from Microsoft.

  • LukeRayman

    That’s what happend to my app too. I just submitted update with real trial option. I hope all those people who downloaded my paid app for free will be in trial mode after update… ;)

  • LukeRayman

    Maybe Microsoft wants to force us to make paid apps with trial option. I just submitted update for my app adding trial option.