Jay Freeman, the developer of Cydia, has created an alternative to the App Store. The Cydia Store will only be available to those iPhone users that have a jailbroken phone. While Apple does not like jailbroken phones, over 1.7 million people are already using Cydia to modify their iPhone with hacks, mods, and applications that Apple will never approve on their App Store.
The Cydia Store’s first paid app, Cyntact, costs $1.00 and shows profile pictures in the contact lists. Saurik, (Jay Freeman’s handle) will charge developers 30% to have their apps on the Cydia Store. This is the same price Apple charges. If developers are denied from the App Store they can now get their apps out to the public with the Cydia Store. Most of the items you will find in Cydia are free with the exception of a few. We can expect to see some very neat and useful apps in the Cydia Store soon!