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UK Government Spending Thousands On Sub-Par iPhone Apps

July 7, 2010

The UK Government is reportedly spending thousands of pounds of taxpayer money on developing various iPhone apps. They include a job search app, traffic information and an NHS football fitness game. The cost of app development ranges from £10,000 up to £30,000 for the JobCentrePlus app (which currently doesn't work with iOS4). Being from the UK, I have tried these apps in the past and they are sub-par to say the least, with the exception of "Live Traffic Info" which is relatively useful. It is also reported that a DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) app was being commissioned at a cost of £40,000. That project has been frozen for the foreseeable future due to stricter controls on government advertising spending. As an iPhone owner, I appreciate it when a company, business or even the government provides iPhone apps to make accessing their services easier. Are these particular apps really worthwhile for the UK Government, especially with the current state of the worlds finances? What do you think? Please let us know in the comments box below. [via BBC News]

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