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  • Do Data Contributors Get Discounts On The iPhone Apps

    I was wondering if the contributors of data to this service get any discount on the iPhone apps or something similar. The data coming from those contributing does not come for free considering the cost of the equipment and a proper antenna setup. It's not at all an unreasonable expectation, especially as this site and corresponding apps are designed to generate some revenue.

    Thanks
    Last edited by Falcon; 2010-08-20, 06:57.

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    Your app should be free Mike , why should contributers share their hard earned data with your website ? so you can turn around make money with their own data on your apple app your raking in...... you leech.

    make the app free thats what you can do Mike or contributers can just turn off their boxes so Mike can look at a blank google map screen he deserves.

    You told me a few months ago the success of your business was because it was free for people to use ?? eat your words there.....

    USERS SHOULD GET PAID FOR CONTRIBUTING CAUSE MIKES GETTING PAID VERY WELL FROM APPLE. SHOULD I TELL YOUR USERS HOW MUCH YOU MADE MIKE????
    Last edited by ADSB; 2010-08-26, 11:38.

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    • #4
      Jeez ..... Take a chill pill! Even though the site is free, Mike and his crew has expenses on webhosting, development etc etc ... If the app is the way he can recoup his costs, it is fine with me! Our hobby is not exactly mainstream, and I would seriously doubt that he makes enough on the app to even cover his costs. But if he does make a little money from provoding the great free service that he does, it's deserved!
      ENFB.net
      Radarstation KGVL

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      • #5
        Thanks for your support ADSB.

        For your information we have had about 2600 downloads of the PRO app. We get about 3 euro for every download. 3x2600=7.800 euros.

        That covers the cost of the developer of the app including 2 updates (6.200 euros).
        Besides that we have bought 2 servers (DELL POWEREDGE R710 2U, 6.500 euros each).
        We are paying about 800 euros per month for hosting the servers and the traffic (average in July 54 mbit/s)
        We have bought 12 receivers together with a computer, preamp, antenna that we have setup around Europe (cost about 1.100 euros per setup).
        Besides that we have invested over 3.000 hours of time in making the webpage (HTML+PHP+MSQL), creating and updating lots of database (2.000 airports, 17.500 airplanes, 24.500 routes).

        That makes the cost of the investment about 32.400 euros + 800 euros per month + 3.000 hours of work.
        The incomes are 7.800 euros. And who has paid the rest? Me!

        Maybe you should get some facts about how much the costs are to run such kind of page, before you start accusing me of making money on it.

        Right now the forums is being spammed by users requesting for an Android app. Who will pay the salary of the person making the app?

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        • #6
          I could add that after the ash cloud the traffic has increased and now we are making some money from Google Adsense that covers the monthly bills + about 0.5 receivers per month. That makes it 2 receivers in 4 months. And right now i'm preparing for sending out 4 new receivers (2 paid by Google Adsense + 2 paid by me). Once again i will invest money in the project instead of making money on it.

          If you think that running this kind of page is so great business, why don't you do it yourself?

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          • #7
            And once again I would like to give you more info about FR24 Pro app. We think that all people sharing deserve to get this app (and a lot more). The problem is that app store don't allow that. App Store in every country is a separate app store, and it's not possible to give away gifts between different countries app stores.
            http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2736?viewlocale=en_US

            "Gifts can only be redeemed in the store country from which they where originated."
            That makes it only possible for us (Sweden) to give away the app to Swedish app store users.

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            • #8
              Originally posted by ADSB View Post
              Your app should be free Mike , why should contributers share their hard earned data with your website ? so you can turn around make money with their own data on your apple app your raking in...... you leech.

              make the app free thats what you can do Mike or contributers can just turn off their boxes so Mike can look at a blank google map screen he deserves.

              You told me a few months ago the success of your business was because it was free for people to use ?? eat your words there.....

              USERS SHOULD GET PAID FOR CONTRIBUTING CAUSE MIKES GETTING PAID VERY WELL FROM APPLE. SHOULD I TELL YOUR USERS HOW MUCH YOU MADE MIKE????
              Shut up and go away!
              This is a free site. If you wanna get paid, go to Casper.
              I've tried very hard to get a smooth coverage, but every site I've tried, I have big problems, times with WLAN or with the noise. Now I have a poor coverage about 20nm and nobody cares. Tomorrow I will buy a new antenna for 80€ and hope, the coverage will increasing. I like the planes coming and going from my airport.
              This website is free and real time, so I don't care if anybody make a few € with it. I also contribute to planefinder.net and COAA with their great PlanePlotter.
              My Payback is contributing a little data around my airport and if there are an Android-App, I will pay for it a few bucks. Thats it!
              No excuses or explanations from the Site-Admins are necessary. Great job you did and doing! Thanks!

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              • #9
                Changing Your iTunes Store Country
                It is not possible to change the iTunes Store country in use on the device itself. To change this on your mobile device, go to iTunes on your computer, change the iTunes Store to the country you want to use on your mobile device, then sync your iPhone or iPod touch with your computer again. To quickly change to the correct country for your account, choose Store > Sign In. If you are not using the correct iTunes Store country for your account you may see an error message advising that your account is only valid for purchases in the iTunes Store for your country when you try to download from the iTunes Store or App Store on your mobile device.

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                • #10
                  change the country and test?

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by admin View Post
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                    Right now the forums is being spammed by users requesting for an Android app. Who will pay the salary of the person making the app?
                    Maybe you don't need to pay anything to the person making the app. As you know, i already have this app for android but without access to data of your site. But my app is useless without at least european data. My intent is to have this data with my app on my android (would do any agreement for this to happen - a side effect could be hundreds of users having this app on their android too).

                    @falcon
                    I too feed the network - just to have more precise data for the airport i live and to have acces to "my" data (plus data not coming from my box like tailnumber, origin, destination, path ...) from everywhere - thanks to this site!
                    Last edited by wange; 2010-08-27, 13:53. Reason: "data not coming from my box" - clarification

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                    • #12
                      Sorry Oskar, i don't understand what you mean. FR24 has a Swedish App Store account, we want to give this app to app-id xxx@yyy.zz registered at UK app store. What should we do?

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                      • #13
                        the user change your account in itunes settings and put store Swedish

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                        • #14
                          gift to the people to change their location on itunes is if
                          uk are changed to that of Sweden and after the return to put in your country
                          original

                          http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1311?viewlocale=en_US

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                          • #15
                            " If you are not using the correct iTunes Store country for your account you may see an error message advising that your account is only valid for purchases in the iTunes Store for your country when you try to download from the iTunes Store or App Store on your mobile device."

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