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8 awesome paid apps you can download free for a limited time (save $35!)

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:53PM EST
Best Free iPhone Apps

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We always like to start the week strong when it comes to our posts about paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free for a limited time, and we have a fantastic batch for you today. Spanning from a gorgeous news reader and a terrific Internet radio player to a couple of great games and a “pointless app,” we have something for everyone today. Strap in and hurry so you don’t miss any of these great sales!

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These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can guarantee is that they were free at the time this post was written. If you click on a link and see a price listed next to an app instead of the word “free,” it is no longer free. The sale has ended. If you download the app, you will be charged.


Normally $2.99.

Reconnaissance is designed for use with Feed Wrangler’s great RSS syncing service. Reconnaissance makes it quick and easy to triage your RSS feeds with simple gestures.


Reconnaissance supports all of Feed Wrangler’s great features, such as:

• Add, rename and delete subscriptions
• Add, edit and delete smart streams
• Online search of all your articles
• Send items to Reading List, Instapaper, Pinboard or Pocket


Reconnaissance has a card-style interface for easily viewing and triaging articles:

• Flick articles upwards to mark them as read
• Drag articles downwards to send to read later service


Reconnaissance has other great features:

• Background updates – the app will contain up-to-date information whenever you open it
• Add custom url schemes to certain actions (such as a long press on the title of an article)

Download Reconnaissance

Insta Dots

Normally $0.99.

“Best Instagram Saver Yet”

HERE ARE YOUR FOLDERS FOR STORING INSTAGRAM PHOTOS. THEY ARE THE DOTS AND YOU CAN KEEP ALL YOU PHOTOS HERE. Don’t waste camera roll and photo stream. We will store all your pics giving you the freedom to download any and all of them at any time.

InstaDots for Instagram-Created with iOS7 themed icons to serve as a one stop shop for all instagram interface along with the new “SAVE TO DOTS” concept.

** One-click download all Instagram photos and videos from your own, or any user ***

A simple way to export all Instagram photos and videos to other social services or your iDevice.
Batch Download and Backup Instagram images and upload them other social services.

With InstaDots you can repost any photos you like in Instagram. With all reposts you are giving credits to authors. 
As you know, Instagram don’t offer us repost feature, with Instadots you can do it very easily. 

Instadots offers a simple way to share Instagram photos to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Pocket, Tumblr etc. 

Furthermore, Instadots is an awesome discovery tool for Instagram! It allows you to discover interesting and popular photos by category: popular, feed, liked, yours, nearby etc.

Main Features:

– Download and Backup Instagram photos and videos in batch.
– One-click download all the Instagram photos and videos. 
- Download all the Instagram photos as a zip file.
– Repost any photo you like directly from your Instagram feed and popular photos.
– Bookmark photos and Repost them later.
– Share Instagram photos to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Pocket, Tumblr etc.
– Download the photos of Followers or Following.
– Discover Instagram photos by category: popular, feed, liked, yours, nearby etc.
– Search for amazing photos by user or hashtag.
– BOOKMARK photos and FOLLOW users.
– Support Multiple Select and Unselect All.
– Send photos via Message and Email.

Download Insta Dots

SomaFM Radio Player

Normally $3.99.

SomaFM’s official app, giving you access to 24 year-round channels of listener-supported, commercial-free, underground/alternative radio, with all music hand-picked our award-winning DJs and music directors. says SomaFM is one of the “Five Best Internet Radio Services” and says “completely user and listener-supported, which means no ads or commercials during your broadcasts, and the channels and programs aired at are rarely heard anywhere else.”

Features include:

– No registration required; no additional purchases required!

– View stations by Popularity, Genre or your favorites

– Shows name and artist of currently playing song and history of songs played.

– Bookmark, Tweet and search iTunes for the playing song

– Background streaming: use other apps while listening.

– Stream to AppleTV & Airplay devices.

– Integration with many car stereo units via Dock Connector or Bluetooth

– Remote control: Pause and restart playing as well as skip between favorite channels from your headphone remote, lock screen controls.

– High and low bandwidth streaming: 128k MP3 and 64-80kb AAC-HE (high); great-sounding 32kb AAC-HE and good-quality 40kb MP3 (low).

– AAC-HE support for highest quality audio even at the lowest bitrates (on most channels).

– Latest news and happenings from SomaFM.

– Community gallery of SomaFM listeners
Never listened to SomaFM before? Here’s our lineup, which are all commercial free:

Groove Salad: A nicely chilled plate of ambient/downtempo beats and grooves.
Downtempo electronica, mostly instrumental. Great for work.

Secret Agent: The soundtrack for your stylish, mysterious, dangerous life. For Spies and P.I.s too!
An eclectic blend of cinematic downtempo, stylish lounge, sambas and easy-tempo with an adventurous flair.

Drone Zone: Served best chilled, safe with most medications. Atmospheric textures with minimal beats.

Indie Pop Rocks!: New and classic favorite indie pop tracks.
Unsigned bands, the hottest new indie artists and a liberal sprinkling of classics.

480 Minutes: Spanning four decades of great post-punk, indie rock and noise pop.
Every Friday from 9am-5pm Pacific, DJ Ted plays and discusses the latest and greatest music in real time.

cliqhop idm: Blips’n’beeps backed mostly w/beats. Intelligent Dance Music.
Experimental techno, also known as Intelligent dance music (IDM).

Beat Blender: A late night blend of deep-house and downtempo chill.
A perfect blend of midtempo and more upbeat electronica.

Dub Step Beyond: Dubstep, Dub and Deep Bass. The place for Bass Music!

Tag’s Trip: Progressive house / trance. Tip top tunes.

Illinois Street Lounge: Classic bachelor pad, playful exotica and vintage music of tomorrow.

Space Station Soma: Tune in, turn on, space out. Spaced-out ambient and mid-tempo electronica.

Doomed: Dark industrial/ambient music for tortured souls.

Boot Liquor: Americana Roots music for Cowhands, Cowpokes and Cowtippers

Lush: Sensuous and mellow vocals, mostly female, with an electronic influence.

Digitalis: Digitally affected analog rock to calm the agitated heart.
DIY laptop rock; screengaze and more.

Suburbs of Goa: Desi-influenced Asian world beats and beyond.
Future music of the Eastern world.

Underground 80s: Early 80s UK Synthpop and a bit of New Wave, with rarities you forgot you remembered.

Sonic Universe: Transcending the world of jazz with eclectic, avant-garde takes on tradition.
NuJazz/Avant Garde/Euro-jazz.

PopTron: Electropop and indie dance rock with sparkle and pop.
Less guitars, more synths.

Covers: Just covers. Songs you know by artists you don’t. We’ve got you covered.

Mission Control: Ambient and experimental music mixed with the historical sounds of the space program.

SomaFM SF 10-33: Live San Francisco Fire and Police radio with an electronic music soundtrack.

Download SomaFM Radio Player


Normally $1.99.

Mingle – Your contacts, everywhere, here.

Mingle was built from the ground up to make connecting with your contacts faster, easier, and more enjoyable in every way!


Some of Mingle’s best features

• Super fast & intuitive interface
• Numerous actions to fit your every need, from Phone to Twitter to Fantastical interactions
• Custom actions, where the possibilities are endless

Download Mingle


Normally $1.99.

10 is a puzzle game made of numbers.

Also available:

>> (FREE) 9 — 72 handmade levels, 27 ∞ REMIX puzzles.

>> (FREE) 10 Junior — a special edition for young mathematicians.

Download 10

The Pointless App

Normally $0.99.

Some days you just don’t have anything to do. You’re weary with your everyday life. There might be things you CAN do, but nothing you WANT to do. Simply put, you’re bored out of your mind. So you look around in the app store for something simple to kill time with, and you find this app that fit the bill perfectly.

We present to you The Pointless App, filled with fun, silly and… well… pointless things to fill your time with.

Swipe through suggestions and find fun, silly and utterly pointless things to do alone or to challenge your friends with.

Note! We do not take responsibility for that other people might think of you while doing pointless things suggested by this app.

So what is The Pointless App?
– Loads of funny and silly suggestions of things to do!
– Share and challenge your Facebook friends!
– Extremely easy to use!
– Simple and attractive design!

Enjoy the pointlessness!

Download The Pointless App


Normally $1.99.

DailyCost is a simple and elegant expense tracker that helps you organize your personal finance. With just few taps and swipes, you can easily keep track of your daily expenses and learn how to spend your money smarter. Supporting 160+ currencies with automatically updated exchange rates, DailyCost could be your best travel companion to go around the world.

– Simple and intuitive gesture interface
– Elegant summary and financial reports
– 160+ currencies with auto-updated exchange rates
– Smart categories
– Stylish themes
– Data export (CSV)
– Passcode lock

– Hold your iPhone horizontally for statistics
– Tap and hold to delete an item

This app is designed and developed individually by a passionate designer. Fed up with complicated expense tracking apps, he determined to make one simpler and better.

Download DailyCost

Quantum Legacy HD

Normally $19.99.

BRAND NEW UPDATE: with new JAW-DROPPING RETINA GRAPHICS for iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C and iPad with Retina display, as well as new ON-RAILS action in the next generation arcade-style 3D SHMUP that is Quantum Legacy HD! Pilot one of 4 unique spaceships during your 3+ hour ON-RAILS journey through 20 action-packed ON-RAILS SHMUP missions filled with breathtaking cinematic game play and highly stylized storytelling, EXCLUSIVELY on the iOS! Featuring:

• Brand New SHMUP DLC: offers a new playable drop-ship, 50% faster SHMUP-style game-play, new level variations, new graphics/effects, new AI, plus a never before experienced speed and finger-twitch ON-RAILS intensity worthy of a next-gen 3D Space SHMUP!
• Enjoy Simple and Intuitive Controls: tilt your iOS device left/right to steer your ship manually while providing an opportunity for a skillful avoidance of enemy projectiles.
• Alternatively, for a casual ON-RAILS experience: forgo tilting and simply tap your enemies to engage the Auto Pilot while controlling your shields and weapons with a smooth 2-button interface.
• Bright and awe-inspiring JAW-DROPPING SHUMP graphics with highly polished game play will take your breath away! For the first time ever, Quantum Legacy HD provides you with full native retina support on the iPhone 5, and iPad with Retina display.
• 20 story-oriented SHUMP campaign missions offer over 3 hours of action-packed SHMUP-style game play.
• Face more than 25 different types of enemies, including unique Gigantic Bosses in every mission.
• RPG Style Progression System allows you to FREELY acquire, pilot and level-up 4 unique starships (including a brand new drop-ship) while unlocking over 16 different types of shield and weapon upgrades.
• 5 Brand new In-App Purchases allow you to skip the RPG grind and instantly acquire any of the playable ships! In addition, you can Restore your existing purchases to unlock content on multiple iOS devices.
• Game Center support: with 6 SHUMP-DLC Leaderboards and 21 elusive SHUMP Achievements that demand an additional 10+ hours of game play.
• Over 40 minutes of original music was created to accompany your Quantum Legacy HD experience.
• Highly Stylized and Action-Oriented Storytelling is told through the com-sat radio of your starship, with full voice-overs for the game’s array of quirky characters.
• SHUMP AI with Dynamic Difficulty and Randomized Enemy Waves: provide for a near endless replay value, as the enemies constantly change and adapt to your style of game play each time you engage an existing mission.

>> Game Play Basics:

Steer your ship manually by tilting your device left and right, or tap your enemies to engage the ON-RAILS “Autopilot”. To maximize damage, it is best to be facing your enemies directly before pressing the right “Weapons/Fire” button. Holding the left “Shield” button will allow you to deflect all enemy projectiles. Prolonged use of the Weapons/Shields will cause a temporary overload. Note that it is NOT possible to fire your weapons while Shields are active until you level-up your starship and unlock Translucent Shielding at Level 5.

Successfully completing each mission will unlock new game content while allowing you to level-up in an RPG-like fashion. Completing missions 5, 10 and 15 will allow you to FREELY acquire one of 4 unique playable starships.

Download Quantum Legacy HD

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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.