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Go Download Some Free Games, Courtesy of GetJar

GetJar’s announcing free availability of all of the games housed on their third-party applications marketplace. Millions of games and apps have been made free thanks to a “revolutionary” business model GetJar’s starting to employ as they profess it’ll change the way apps and games for mobile devices are priced forever. Of course, those Millions of games and apps aren’t all for Android, but there are a few free Android games now available – most notably from Glu – to get you started.

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One of the biggest standouts is Super KO Boxing 2 that would normally put you out $3 if you download straight from the Android market. I haven’t taken a look around to see what else I could snap up for the low cost of nothing, but be sure to head on over to GetJar to check out their selection now. Press details straight ahead.

San Mateo, CA – October 5, 2010 – GetJar, (www.getjar.com), the world’s second largest app store, today announced that it has launched a pilot program through a partnership with Glu Mobile (NASD: GLUU), a leading global publisher of mobile games, that provides consumers with free premium games exclusively at GetJar.com. During the initial phase of this innovative program, GetJar+ makes premium paid content available for free with no ad insertions, registrations, or any other catches. The very same games one would pay for at other app stores will be available on GetJar for FREE for a limited two-week period to consumers all over the world.

How can GetJar afford to give away games for free?

GetJar is able to do this because of its size as the number two app store in the world with over 1 billion downloads to date across 200 countries which generates nearly 100million downloads/month. Only this level of scale can allow this new model to work – it’s the cinema versus a TV network or a music store versus a radio station. GetJar is the TV network or the radio station that doesn’t have to rely on making consumers paying for the ticket or CD. GetJar doesn’t need to rely on the revenue from the sale of apps – instead it relies on the sponsored app placements on its site, which allows it to then buy premium content from publishers and distribute this content to consumers for free.

“This revolutionary new business model will fundamentally change the app industry economics and give consumers access to many more apps at a lower cost or in GetJar’s case – free,” said Ilja Laurs, founder and CEO for GetJar. “Everyone benefits — consumers can download all applications for free and get access to unique content regardless of the phone model they use, and now with GetJar+, millions of consumers get exclusive access to content that would normally require payment to download. Developers and publishers benefit by being paid for the licensing of their content on a global app store with huge scale. We’re thrilled that Glu is the first games publisher to realize the benefits of this new monetization model as well as the opportunity to reach consumers globally across more than 2,300 different handsets.”

“We’re excited to partner with GetJar on GetJar+,” said Olivier Bernard, Managing Director of Glu EMEA and APAC. “GetJar’s global scale and consumer base allows us to reach an entirely new audience of game-hungry consumers who ordinarily might not be able to buy premium games while also extending the life cycle of our own products through the use of a large and growing distribution channel.”

Where can I get these popular games for free?

Initially, these free premium games will be found on GetJar.com’s homepage in the “Recommended” section and includes some of Glu’s most successful licensed and original IP such as: Brain Genius 2, Stranded: Mysteries of Time, Build-a-lot, and Race Driver Grid.

The games will be available across several major mobile platforms including Android, Blackberry and Java.

About Glu

Glu (NASDAQ:GLUU) is a leading global publisher of mobile games for feature phones and smartphones. Its portfolio of top-rated games includes original titles Beat It!, Bonsai Blast, Brain Genius, Glyder, Jump O’Clock, Stranded, Super K.O. Boxing! and titles based on major brands from partners including Activision, Atari, Fox Mobile Entertainment, Harrah’s, Hasbro, Konami, Microsoft, PlayFirst, PopCap Games, SEGA, Sony and Warner Bros. Founded in 2001, Glu is based in San Mateo, Calif. and has offices in Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Spain. Consumers can find high-quality, fresh entertainment created exclusively for their mobile phones wherever they see the ‘g’ character logo or at www.glu.com. For live updates, please follow Glu via Twitter at www.twitter.com/glumobile or become a Glu fan at Facebook.com/glumobile.

About GetJar

GetJar is the world’s second largest apps store, second only to the Apple App Store, with over 1 billion downloads to date. The company’s key point of difference is its open market approach, which allows it to deliver applications for both feature phones and smartphones across all major platforms such as Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, iPhone and Symbian among others. The company provides more than 70,000 mobile applications to consumers in more than 200 countries. GetJar has been selected by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer for 2011 for its innovative approach to technology and its deep impact on business and society on a global scale. In 2009 GetJar won the Meffy, Tiecon50 and Mobile Excellence awards for its achievements and products. GetJar is backed by Accel Partners and is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in the UK and Lithuania. For more information:www.getjar.com and follow us on Twitter @getjar.




  • Wello

    Never downloading spam from GetJar again..

  • Adam

    Would it have killed you to post a link in the article?

  • http://neatofun.blogspot.com/ josh

    They sure don’t seem to have much.

  • Matthew

    umm dude. The super ko boxing is the same free version as is on android market with ads. waste of time.

  • getArealJobBloggers

    terrible site hosting terrible demos, not even full games. As previously commented, spam spam spam.

  • k

    Those are all lite versions of paid apps. When you advertise free premium stuff and then try to get me do download Gowalla, you aren’t really revolutionizing anything.

  • SwampFox

    I think they are going to try to sell perpetual motion machines and free energy devices so that our cars can all get 1000mpg next. What a load. There is no way that financial model described in their press release will work. People keep forgetting that someone has to the pay developers at some point so that they and their families can eat. They aren’t all college students writing free apps in their spare time because it is a fun hobby.

  • igzekyativ

    all i can say is SPAM!… SPAM SPAM SPAM!

  • Matt

    horrible and then some. Article title should be “go download some spyware/probably malware and people don’t know it yet, courtesy of getjar and phandroid not fact checking anything”.

  • Rick

    Damn… it seems that even my comment on this, where I addressed this issue seemed to have disappeared. Shame on you Phandroid!

  • Maddox

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  • hamid

    Tank’s