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There's this game on the App Store called Flying Hamster HD, before it used to cost like $6 or something now it's free. My question is what happens if I do get it while it's free? When the price comes back do I have to pay for it? And what if I delete the game when it's free and decide to re-download it after it becomes paid?

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When it's available for free and you buy it you get it for free. It's impossible to charge you afterwards because when you decide to download it because it's free.

Many apps become free over time, and that's one of the ways how I save a lot of money.

So in short, free = free (watch out for in-app purchases though, they are never free!)

To give you a better detail about updating apps:

  • It's free if they update the same app, not if they decide to put a complete new application in the AppStore.
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So that means if I get it for free it's free forever? And free on all devices that have my App Store account logged in? – Lexdexia Apr 8 '14 at 12:24
@Lexdexia - Yes. I frequently jump on "free for a limited time" deals and haven't had any trouble re-downloading the app again on the same or different devices when it goes back up to $0.99 or whatnot. – Mr Rabbit Apr 8 '14 at 12:27
It's added to your purchases list even when it's free. You can download it a million times again (for free) if you decide to remove it. – Rob Apr 8 '14 at 12:59
yep, in the Mac and iOS app stores the only way you would have to pay to upgrade is if they released an entirely new version (e.g. 1Password recently went from 3 to 4, I can still download 3, but I have to pay for 4 if I want to upgrade) – dwightk Apr 8 '14 at 13:54
By upgrade you mean the updated version of the same app or a new app? – Lexdexia Apr 8 '14 at 14:08

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