Originally Posted by Tech Explorer
Have to disagree with this one when it comes to my cell phone or otherwise. I've downloaded many sampler apps into my phone (for full-featured apps that's when you have to pay) plus I've downloaded many videos for free into my cell. Then I'm getting channels for free through my digital converter, I can go into my local Shoprite for free food samples and so on.
I'm afraid you are not understanding the concept of fre enterprise... Free samples at the Shoprite induce you to buy the products which you just sampled... just like the heroine dealer who hands out the first hit or two for nothing-- once you are hopoked, he knows you will pay plenty to continue using his product.
Sampler apps and shareware (as opposed to honest-to-god freeware) get you using the software, in the hope that you will purchase the full version. It is a very sensible and successful business model.
yes, there is some good freeware out there. There is crappy freeware, as well... some of it is just off-the-cuff code that got a task done for one person but is not good enough to sell, some is abandonware that is no longer useful for any but a hnadful of users, and there is the 'free' software that is used to hide malware-- so-called Trojans.
It is a sad fact of life that some things have
to come with a price, otherwise it is viewed with suspicion.