News Limited has partnered with Telstra to make its iPad apps free of charge for the next three months.
The organisations iPad apps for the Victorian-based Herald Sun, New South Wales Daily Telegraph, Queensland’s Courier Mail and South Australia’s Advertiser are all free of charge for three months when downloaded between now and the 14th November.
It’s all thanks to a partnership with Australian telco Telstra, which is sponsoring the apps for the next three months. Telstra is also a prominent advertiser in Fairfax Media’s newly launched iPad apps for Melbourne’s The Age and Sydney’s The Sydney Morning Herald.
In total, users will save around $22 if used for the full three months, with a monthly subscription costing $7.49 for all News Limited iPad apps except for the nationwide The Australian, which isn’t being offered for free and costs $4.49 on a month-by-month basis.
News Limited says paid subscribers will have their subscription extended by three months as a result of the partnership, while those with expiring subscriptions from now until November 14 will be able to access the app for an additional 3 months from the time of expiration.
The Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, Courtier and Advertiser apps were all launched late last year, beating Fairfax to the punch and offering an iPad-esque reading experience, including flickable image galleries, multimedia and interactive content.
However some critics claim the News Limited apps are too slow, and that the time it takes to download the each day’s iPad edition of the paper is too long.