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Developers Now Able to Provide Promo Codes for In-App Purchases

Apple appears to be allowing developers to create promo codes for in-app purchases, a useful feature that makes it far easier to test and promote freemium games and apps with content that can only be purchased within an app once it has been downloaded.

Promo codes for apps have long been available, but were previously limited to initial app downloads and were not available for in-app purchases. This change will make it easier for developers to give early app testers, reviewers, and other users access to the full content available within freemium apps.

While it is unclear if the feature is currently available to all developers, Jeff Scott of 148apps.com shared a screenshot on Twitter of an in-app purchase promo code for Real Racing 3, from major developer EA. EA is using the promotion to give customers 10 free gold within the app, which has an in-app value of $1.99. The gold can be obtained by visiting this link on an iOS device.

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Entering the promo code provides users with gold in the app, and if the app is not installed, it will automatically download before redeeming the in-app purchase code.

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Apple has not yet updated its developer site to reflect the availability of in-app promo codes and its rules still state "Promo codes don't work for In-App purchase products, including Newsstand issues."

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11 weeks ago
This shouldn't have taken 5 years.
Rating: 18 Votes
11 weeks ago
Sometimes I just wish I could still purchase a full game and be done with it instead of being nickled and dimed for every little upgrade option. I am perfectly capable of slowly beating a game by winning and progressing through levels without having to pay.
Rating: 13 Votes
11 weeks ago
So tools for further promoting freemium 'games'.

Brilliant. :mad:
Rating: 7 Votes
11 weeks ago
All my devices have in app purchases blocked
Rating: 4 Votes
11 weeks ago
Apple really needs to add an easy way to run public app betas! Perhaps the developer could put their beta on the App Store and be issued with an ID code which members of the public can input in the same area as where you redeem an iTunes voucher - when you put the code in, a warning is displayed and then the beta is downloaded. The app could expire when the beta period is finished.
Rating: 2 Votes
11 weeks ago
Maybe Clash of Clans will release some of these codes.. [SIZE="1"]heh[/SIZE].. [SIZE="1"]twitches[/SIZE]
Rating: 2 Votes
11 weeks ago
Sweet! So how long until will you be able to gift a single song to another person while using the iTunes Store on iOS?? Still can't do that in 2014.
Rating: 1 Votes
11 weeks ago

This shouldn't have taken 5 years.


You're right -- but it is what it is. It's here now, so I guess we could either complain it still hadn't been added, or complain it took so long. Either way, it's happened, so it's a good thing. :)
Rating: 1 Votes
11 weeks ago
fantastic. now where is:
-ability to offer betas
-paid upgrades
Rating: 1 Votes

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