Password now required for in-app purchasing on the Apple iPhone

Password now required for in-app purchasing on the Apple iPhone
Sure, requiring you to type in a password for an in-app purchase seems like a unnecessary pain in the rear, but you might change your mind when you get the bill from your carrier and notice that Junior spent hundreds of dollars for extra-lives for a video game. Thanks to complaining parents , changes are being made. For example, the 15 minute grace period that Apple gave you to make a purchase after entering your user name and password has been discontinued. All in-app purchases now require the buyer to re-enter his or her password.

Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said, "We are proud to have industry-leading parental controls with iOS. With iOS 4.3, in addition to a password being required to purchase an app on the App Store, a reentry of your password is now required when making an in-app purchase." The Cupertino based firm made the change after parents complained about their kids racking up hundreds of dollars of charges on in-app purchases. The FCC heard the complaints loud and clear and passed along their concerns to the manufacturers and carriers.

Part of the problem is the fault of the parents who were too busy to really listen when little Johnny asked for $100 to buy Power Rings. Some parents explained that because the child was playing a game, he or she felt that any money spent by the child was not real. By the time Ma or Pa had figured it out, their kid had rung up hundreds of dollars of real charges. Sure, typing in a password could take about 20 seconds. But isn't it worth it to prevent unplanned charges of a few hundred dollars?

source: WashingtonPost via Phonescoop

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1. Android

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 04, 2010

What parent buys their adolescent kid a smartphone with a data plan

8. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

It's not always a matter of giving their kids a smartphone. Most likely it's rarely the case. For one there are the same app on the iPod tOuch. It could range from simple apps like pocket god and farmville to the smurf village game that was the source of the complaints. Also there are iPads. Which some people use for a "coffee table" pc. Something for anyone to pick up and use for a little bit at a time. There are also educational apps that help kids grow from preschool allthe way to college and some have in app purchasing. So a 3 year old can be learning how to write letters on an iPad and inadvertantly purchase something while the parent is going to bathroom or getting lunch ready.

2. AntonioCruz

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

I don't see the problem with a kidnhaving a smartphone ? I'm 15 and I ha an iPhone 4. I also had the original Droid and the Droid Eris. Smartphones aren't specified just for adults..


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

It depends. I don't see the problem with teenagers having smartphones. If the parents want to spend the extra 30 bucks a month then so be it. HOWEVER, I have heard parents buying their 3 year olds laptops. OK seriously that is just stupid. A child need toys not 500+ dollar laptops to chew and drool on.

4. J.R. unregistered

@Android It may not be a matter of the parent buying the child a smartphone, but more so the parent having a smartphone and letting their child use it to play games, listen to music etc.

5. AntonioCruz

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

Hahahaha my 13 year old brother got a new laptop 2 christmases ago. And it broke.

6. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

The parents are complaining because their child was raking up the bill for something they provided? That's just bad parenting. I'm surprised Apple did something about it though, honestly if it were me, I wouldn't have given two shits about what the parents were complaining about. "Oh I didn't know giving my child a knife was bad... How was I suppose to know he was going to stab someone? What is this bullshit?!" My parents bought my sister (was 11, 13 now) a computer with literally every input device that was compatible which she claimed was necessary for school. She doesn't do anything on it except for socializing and whoring. I'm actually hoping she fucks up somewhere in life just so she will attempt to bring herself back up. I mean you can't experience an accomplishment until you've experienced a failure.

7. Ghost unregistered

I work for T-Mobile and i cant tell you how many times ill have a parent come in with a bill with there kid and be like i don't get why my bill is 150 dollars over what its supposed to because now adays when people get paper bills its just a dollar amount and doesn't really tell you what the charges are unless you go online or call or go to a store. and ill be like um well on line so and so it says that there were 8 games bought on your mytouch 4g and billed to the acct as well as 2 movies purchased and well yeah. and then you just see the parent glare at the kid and chaos ensues

9. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Just a thought here, but why put a credit card on your kids itunes account in the first place? Why not give them an itunes card for $25 - $50 every few months or so and teach them how to budget, and how make wise choices! Why is your bad parenting everyone else's problem? If you can't control your kid's wasteful spending, don't go crying to Apple! Take the damn iDevice from them and remove you credit card from the itunes account. And why did Apple cave on this? This is stupid, just plain STUPID! Add some kind of additional parental or something, but don't make buying an app or an in-app purchase suck because these parents are to lazy to watch their own money! This is just as bad as changing the rotation switch on the iPad.

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