Once again, the App Store's loss has turned out to be Cydia's gain. A week after Cupertino removed Wi-Fi stumbler applications like WiFiFoFum, WiFi-Where and yFy Network Finder from the App Store, Aspecto Software, the developer of the WiFiFoFum application has announced that the company is releasing its popular WiFi stumbling application for free on Cydia Store.
WiFiFoFum is among the earliest Wi-Fi Stumbler iPhone apps to release on the App Store and offers a very easy way to scan the neighborhood for 802.11 wi-Fi networks and provides information like the SSID, MAC, RSSI (signal strength), channel, AP mode, security mode and transmission rate about the networks it detects. WiFiFoFum was available for $2.99 at the App Store and has been downloaded several thousand times since it first launched. It is available on Cydia Store for free. However, their website continues to say that their iPhone app is available on the App Store.
Aspecto Software is not the only developer to have taken this decision to move their app underground. Infomind, the developer of yFy Network Finder, another popular Wi-Fi stumbling iPhone application has revealed that the company shall be releasing their app for jailbroken iPhone users on Cydia soon.
This move by the developers seems to indicate that they were probably using private APIs, which is not allowed by Apple as we had speculated in our earlier post and realized that they had no other option but to release it on Cydia.
What do you think about developers move to release the iPhone app on Cydia for free?