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AUGUSTDRAGON SparkPoints: (55,142)
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4/3/13 11:15 A

Never gave it a second thought when I purchased it. For all you get from SparkPeople, $4 seemed like a pittance. emoticon

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GRAMMAOF16 SparkPoints: (16,752)
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4/2/13 12:09 A

I thought it was free

PATTIANN10 Posts: 41
4/1/13 4:06 P

TO IBDTLA: I use the paid app on my phone. It doesn't have an option for grouping food, but you can scan food which is a nice feature. Hope this helps.

IBDTLA Posts: 4
3/29/13 6:08 P

Does anyone know if the app has acess to your "groupings" and "recipes" that you created on the free website? I have created so many groupings that I use daily, however, if I can't use them on my phone, then I don't want to pay $4 for the app. If they are accessible, I don't mind paying as this site has been a huge help in my weightloss! The free mobile version does not have the groupings or recipes so it is not helpful in my case. Any information from those who have used this app would be great! Thanks!

BERTA6978 SparkPoints: (41,462)
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1/15/13 8:18 A

The free app works great on my iPad. I have had MANY instances where it has not worked on my iPhone. I get a message something like, "Unable to retrieve foods at this time", or it keeps requiring me to log in, saying my password or user ID is incorrect. As I said, I would delete the app and reinstall. I like the app, but I would be concerned about having to pay for an app that had these issues.

1/15/13 6:15 A

I will say that the paid version is better then the free version. On the paid version you can get your log in points and scan food. My scanner works fine not sure Why people say it doesn't work. I just wish it was a way to communicate with other users from the app like myfitnesspal. I am loving all the articles and info on this site so I didn't mind paying 4 dollars. I used to spend that on fast food without a second thought. How then can I complain about spending it on something that can change my life.

Just my thoughts...

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BERTA6978 SparkPoints: (41,462)
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1/14/13 8:04 A

I have had the app on my iPhone for at least two years. Periodically, it would have glitches, which I resolved by deleting the app and reinstalling it. SInce the app hadn't worked for a couple of days, yesterday I deleted it and was surprised to see it was now $3.99. Because of the frequent glitches I've experienced in the past, I won't be purchasing the app. When it works, it works well, but when it doesn't, it's annoying and inconvenient.

1/13/13 2:39 P

So would you all say that the app is worth the $4? I absolutely hate paying for apps, but I love SparkPeople! I hear that their scanner sucks, and I'd hate to pay for it when MyFitnessPal has a decent scanner and is free.

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JENNIEB52 SparkPoints: (4,215)
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1/13/13 1:46 P

Ummm.... Seriously? How much money have we all wasted on programs that make promises that don't actually do anything but sell us supplements that don't work, chemicals that make us feel jittery... Or charge money for websites that aren't nearly as good as spark people? And people are complaining about an optional feature that is less than $4? C'mon people, show a wee bit of gratitude here. This website isn't free to run, so appreciate what a great opportunity we have been given and decide if an optional feature is right for you and in your budget.

Okay, I'm hopping off my soapbox now. Sorry to be a bit preachy! It's just when I look back at all the money I spent on empty promises, I realize how little this spark people asks for and how much it gives.

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1/13/13 5:05 A

One app is free and one charges not sure what the difference is might have to check it out

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FITMARTI SparkPoints: (20,370)
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1/12/13 11:34 P

Small price to pay for an awesome app

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1/6/13 11:39 A

Ok, let's get a reality check...every program - weight watchers, nutrisystem, etc - charge a ton. This site is free. It is also like a free gym membership with all the online exercises.

So what if they charge $4 for the phone app? Yes, you can't do everything on it because of the lack of flashplayer - but it makes tracking readily available to all of us. These folks at sparkpeople have done a lot of good for a lot people. Are we really going to quibble over $4 or any of the other things that we don't feel that they get done perfectly?

My answer is no way

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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (58,536)
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1/6/13 11:09 A

The trick with the wheel spin is if you have an iThing (iPhone, iPad or iPod) it won't run Flash... and guess what the wheel uses. ;)

The website is free because it's supported by advertisers and premium features like SparkCoach. It costs money (more than you'd think!) to develop and maintain an app, so they need to offset that cost somehow! You can still access the website for free on a mobile device using the mobile website,

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1/5/13 11:59 P

I saw that the app is now $3.99 and I can honestly say that I wasn't happy about it. How can the site be free but the app cost money?
Fortunately for me though I downloaded the app when it was still free but for those just downloading it now I feel bad for them. Still though it's worth the price since it links to the site. I do wish that they would let you spin the sparkwheel from the app. That would be REALLY helpful!

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1/5/13 11:53 P

Yeah it used to be free but not anymore. I didn't mind paying for the app though as it is very useful. You can not only track food and exercise, but also spin the wheel for points and read articles.

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PCOH051610 Posts: 3,675
12/20/12 9:16 A

Cool! $3.99 is not a bad price at all for one of those most useful apps out there! I just got a new phone too and am thrilled that SparkPeople has an app and I really don't mind paying for it!

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SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 60,318
12/16/12 1:57 P

The app does now cost $3.99, which helps cover some of the cost of development and the staff it takes to maintain their functionality.

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SAMDJS SparkPoints: (18,021)
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12/16/12 9:01 A

I just got a new cell phone. I wanted to download the sparkpeople app and was not too happy to see that there is now a charge for it.

Is it a glitch in my phone, or do I now have to pay for an app that used to be free that is associated with a free online weight loss community site?

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