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Refund Timer Spares Us From Inadvertent Market Expenditures
Remember when the powers that be used to grant us a full day in order to evaluate whether an application was a perfect fit for our mobile devices before needing to spelunk down our hard earned cash? Unfortunately, those luxuries have long since been replaced with a more modest 15 minute return policy.
All is not lost, however, as XDA forum member madton has created a new application geared at preventing us from inadvertently letting those precious few minutes slip away from us by showing a running counter available trial time.
In the words of the developer:
Refund Timer shows you the countdown timer with remaining refund time period for the applications purchased in the Market.
Every time you buy an app, application market sends you an e-mail with order status information. Refund Timer parses these e-mails and determines the moment of purchase. According to the Market policy you have 15 minutes to evaluate the application. Refund Timer calculates the remaining evaluation time and displays it above all the other applications, so you will see the timer even if you run a full-screen application like game.
In order to protect your wallet from the unfortunately-timed Android Market return policy, continue on to the application thread. This application is distributed as trial-ware, and is fully functional for 72 hours.
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