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PhoneSaber pulled from App Store

updated 03:15 pm EDT, Fri August 8, 2008

PhoneSaber off App Store

A fourth known app has been delisted from the iTunes App Store, it has been revealed. PhoneSaber -- a free title that imitated the lightsabers from Star Wars -- has been pulled, despite being a popular choice of early adopters of the iPhone 3G and/or iPhone 2.0 firmware. The disappearance marks the fourth such prominent withdrawl in a short space of time, following I Am Rich, BoxOffice and NetShare.

In contrast to other incidents however, the developers of PhoneSaber say they have an explanation. THQ Wireless owns the rights to Star Wars development on mobile devices, and asked TheMacBox to pull PhoneSaber voluntarily. THQ intends to publish a rebranded version though, with TheMacBox assisting in production. It is uncertain at this point whether the new app will remain free.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It sounds, though, like this was pulled by the developer, not by Apple.

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  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Could it be that Apple is pulling popular FREE applications that create a huge bandwidth draw on the servers since they are getting no money in return?

  1. jhawk95

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Ok, so now that it is pulled from the Apps Store, does anyone have a confirmed case of an installed app on an iPhone disappearing off their iPhone once it was pulled from the Store?

    I have backed up all my iPhone Apps... so if Apple deleted them occasionally, I can just reinstall them again.

    Any feedback on this from anyone?

  1. Flesh-faced Recruit

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No loss there

    PhoneSaber was totally lame anyway. It just played sampled sounds, and did not generate sound that in any way corresponded with the motion of your iPhone or iPod Touch.

    I doubt the licensed version will be free. George Lucas ran out of ideas years ago, and he is gleefully pumping all of his worn-out old franchises for pocket-money as he reaches old age.

  1. cartoonspin

    Joined: Dec 1969



    George Lucas asked for this to be pulled. This has nothing to do with free apps or the developer. This is George's greed.

  1. Toyin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    NOW I'm pissed

    This was a useless, but fun application. Everyone I showed this to got a smile out of it. Kids loved it! And yes it did correlate to the movement of your iPhone.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Bandwidth


    You must not be very smart. There is a free app with 1 million downloads. It's not the bandwidth stoopid.

    By the way, you realize Apple has available, HD trailers, iTunes song samples available to download for free?

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm developing... iPhone app - when you move your phone like a sword, it plays sound effects of George Lucas throwing a hissy fit.

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  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    One of the world's

    most useless apps. Goodbye and farewell. And many thanks to the developer or Apple that had it pulled. Now if they can just start pulling flashlight apps and leave only the best two.

  1. not_too_shabby

    Joined: Dec 1969


    best app on my phone

    Everybody I show phonesaber cracks up. It's the first app I show people. Well men anyways. Women don't really get it. So has my free app appreciated in value now. And yes it does correlate to the movement. If you just move your phone slowly you don't get the kitchah sound...

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