What’s remarkable about it is the eye-opening price: a super awesome 5,898 RMB price tag – at the new local currency prices that launched today on Apple’s iTunes App Store.
That has scared that shit out of many folks on Weibo, including my colleague, Mr. Millward (bollocks, yeah!?). Over on the US version of the store, it costs a similar $899.99 (iTunes link). To be honest, I’m not sure if the app’s functions are amazing – but its cost sure as hell is.
Kongfu English, as depicted on iTunes, is an iOS app that helps Chinese learn English. It claims to use high technology to help students to teach themselves English.
Kongfu English also says that users are expected to be able to converse in English within six months of using the app. Also, it claims it was the best and number one app in the iTunes China education section in 2010. Take it with a pinch of salt, as we’re unable to verify if the information is true.
To be fair, Kongfu English has 1.80 GB worth of English learning materials to download, so you get more than just the one app. Some of the screenshots also look useful for an English beginner.
So if you break down the numbers and volume, the price seems reasonable. But for folks who are so used to downloading apps for a mere 99 cents (or 6 RMB at today’s new local currency exchange rate on iTunes), $899.99 is seriously too much to swallow.
So much so that it has become a joke on the Chinese interwebs to see an app priced this high. Haha!
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