Never Get Stuck With a Paid App Again Thanks to Refund Timer


Good apps are good. I love paying for good apps. It helps support Android app developers who, in turn, make more apps and the circle of a happy Android life continues. But you know what really grinds my gears? Bad apps. Especially when I get stuck with an app I didn’t like thanks to Google’s 15 minute refund window (but I suppose it’s better than no window).

What really sucks is I’ve even found myself avoiding paid apps that I want to try but might not have the time or attention to fully mess around with them while at work or while out spending time with the family. And even after a long days work, when I finally get home to my bearskin rug and I’m laying in my bed, wrapped in my silk sheets, I still find it stressful to keep track of the time while watching the latest episode of Glee.

Thanks to PocketNow, I found an app on the Market called Refund Timer by Trashmind. This app gives you a handy countdown timer on top of any app you may be running so you can see exactly how much time you have to refund a potentially bad egg. The way it works is easy. It waits for you to get the Google purchase email, and begins the timer from there. No more sweaty palms. No more grey hairs. And you can finally watch Glee in peace.

Mr. Schuester is so dreamy, amirite?

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Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. nice app…FIRST!

    1. lol, nothing makes me happier than seeing a “FIRST!” fail!

      1. Sorting the messages by oldest and he is, unfortunately, at the top. I like comment sections like this though where I can sort them to the bottom to ignore altogether.

        1. If i wanna try a new paid app i use applanet then if i like it i just purchase fr the market theres no 15 min trial lol

  2. Screw glee…you should be watching the playoffs instead..

    Go Canucks!

      1. and “Mr. Schuester”… dude?

    1. the only good thing about the canucks is that they beat san jose.  the wings got screwed again…  like every other year!    but this app is a good idea.  

      1. Time out.  The Wings got screwed?  Eleven Stanley Cups (and twenty straight years in the playoffs) says otherwise.

  3. I still miss the days of 24 hour refund windows…sigh…

  4. “…when I finally get home to my bearskin rug and I’m laying in my bed, wrapped in my silk sheets…” Hahahaha NICE touch! 

  5. Free Paid apps on the Android Market. Use this app timer in conjunction with “some method” and you get free legal paid apps. I LOVE ANDROID!!!!!

  6. “Try and Buy … ”  Notice that this isn’t a free app.  I really like the idea, but the fact you get 3 days and then have to buy the app is bleh.  Great idea though … should be free.

  7. I’m a big fan of Chris. I like his writing style – I think he gets a really good mixture of actual content and personality. 

    1. cool

  8. I think 30 minutes would be fair. I’ve already gotten stuck with a bad app that I thought was promising!!!

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