Wolfram AlphaWhy would anyone pay £29.99 for an iPhone app when a free browser based version, that was almost exactly the same, is available free of charge? Well, they wouldn’t. Trouble is Wolfram Alpha has just cottoned on to that fact and ditched its iPhone-friendly webpage to steer you towards its app instead.

The Wolfram Alpha iPhone site, which was available up until yesterday, now redirects to a static page with a link to buy the more expensive app via iTunes. The message is clear: If you want to use Wolfram Alpha on your iPhone then you’re gonna have to pay for it. Through the nose.

The move has more than a hint of desperation. It seems that Wolfram Alpha is having one last go at convincing people to part with nearly thirty quid for what is essentially, albeit very clever and algorithm-tastic, a search engine.

A quick search for the Wolfram Alpha app reveals only seven ratings and it’s nowhere to be seen on any of the top app lists. Which tells us that it isn’t doing as well as its makers might have expected.

Out Now | £29.99 | Wolfram Alpha (via TUAW)

  • http://www.electricpig.co.uk Ben Sillis

    Shame on Wolfram. The level of control of control people (including Apple) feel happy exerting on the iPhone browsing experience worries me. Net neutrality should apply to all types of browsers, as well as the data you’re accessing!

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