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100 euros and more: Google is removing completely expensive subscription apps from Play Store

Google has removed other Android apps from the Play Store, which were particularly notable with their completely outrageous prices. These were mostly Android apps that met certain needs, like barcode scanning, but after a free trial period, they charge users a completely steep price. To perform a reverse image search, […]


Google has removed other Android apps from the Play Store, which were particularly notable with their completely outrageous prices. These were mostly Android apps that met certain needs, like barcode scanning, but after a free trial period, they charge users a completely steep price. A reverse image search, which Google offers for free, sometimes quickly costs $ 209.99.

In some cases, excessive prices are charged not just once, but even monthly. Google is now tougher on these “offers,” reports Sophos. 15 apps have been reported to Google, 14 of which have already been removed from the Play Store fairly quickly. However, subsequent research showed that there are many more apps at those prices, some of which have already reached several million downloads.

In many fleeceware app reviews, users report that they were unable to unsubscribe from the trial period and are billed very large amounts. With a QR code reader app, the developer charges € 104.99 after 72 hours. The makers of an application called Professional GIF Maker charge users € 214.99 when the trial version ends. We have never seen apps sold at this price before.

Trial phase with subsequent scam subscription

The developers of these applications use simple tricks. They offer users free trial phases. If the user agrees, he contracts a subscription which, after a short trial phase, is automatically billed at too high prices. Shooters aim to prevent people from reading the fine print. If users don’t cancel on time, it will end up being really expensive.

Attention scam !!!! After 3 days, a contract for CHF 95 is automatically concluded. Then it must be canceled again. Once completed, you will not receive a refund. P. 95.- They are crazy !!!!!

ATTENTION RIP-OFF After 3 days of use, an annual subscription of CHF 95.- is automatically withdrawn.

after 3 days the license costs 99 euros… you probably have the A…. open;)

And there are many other reviews that clearly deplore the approach of these providers.