6 Most Expensive Mobile Apps You Can Buy Today – How-To Geek | Hot Mobile Press

Joe Fedewa / How-To Geek

“Free” is king of mobile app stores – hence the rise in in-app purchases – but even paid apps are usually only a few dollars. However, there were some significant outliers. Let’s look at apps that are breaking the bank.

What is considered “expensive”?

As with our “Most Expensive Phones Ever” list, we need to set some parameters for what we mean by “expensive.” When it comes to apps, there are two types of expensive.

The first is realistic expensive. These are expensive apps that have legitimate reasons to be expensive. The second is gimmick expensive, which consists of apps that are expensive just to be expensive. The infamous I Am Rich app is a perfect example.

Note: For this list I will mix apps from these two categories. I will also focus solely on apps from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. I also mainly look at the upfront price, but I’ve added one for in-app purchases.

Zollinger’s Surgery Atlas: $119

Zollinger's surgical atlas
Usatine & Erickson Media

One of the most common categories to find expensive apps are apps for the medical community. These are apps specially designed for surgeons, doctors, dentists, medical students and other medical professionals.

Zollinger’s Atlas of Surgical Operations (iPhone, Android) is one such app. It provides reference materials for a variety of surgical procedures. The app costs $119, but it packs a wealth of information that’s very valuable if you’re the target audience.

Classic TC with WordPower: $299

Classic TC with WordPower
Company Prentke Romich

Classic TC (TouchChat) is an iPhone app for people who have difficulty speaking. Words are displayed on easy-to-read buttons and the user can tap to have the words read aloud with the built-in speech synthesizer.

Custom buttons and voice recordings can also be added. In addition to the word keys, there is also a phonic keyboard. For people with autism, ALS, Down syndrome, apraxia, stroke, or other conditions, the $299 may be worth it.

The most expensive widget: $399

The most expensive widget
Infinity Studios

Let’s dive into the gimmicky category. There is an Android app simply named Most Expensive Widget. what does it do Absolutely nothing.

As the name suggests, this is just a widget that you can place on the home screen. It’s a $399 status symbol to show off to your friends. That’s it.

CyberTuner: $999

Reyburn piano service

Okay, now we’re really going up in price. CyberTuner is a professional piano tuning app for iPhone. It was programmed by a licensed piano technician with “decades of experience in concert tuning and preparation, as well as home tuning and repairs in the trenches”.

$1,000 seems excessive for a piano tuning app, but it seems worth it. At the time of writing, the app has a 4.8/5 star rating with nearly 50 reviews. People pay for it and like it.

app.Cash: $999

roc.Kasse GmbH

app.Cash – not to be confused with Cash App – is an iPhone/iPad app intended to replace physical cash registers. At a whopping $1,000, it’s reportedly still cheaper than traditional register systems.

This app is a great example of some of the very specialized expensive apps on the app stores. The average person doesn’t need this, but for a very specific person it can be life-changing.

Base Camp 3: $99 per month

base camp

Let’s wrap things up with an app that will quickly become very expensive. Basecamp is a project management service aimed at keeping teams organized. It’s highly regarded, but can get expensive if your team is small.

Basecamp costs $99 per month, but the catch is that it’s a flat plan. So if you have a large team, $99 per month can be well worth it. However, for a solo user or small group, $100 per month will add up quickly and only get bigger over time.


The world of expensive apps is very interesting. It shows how smartphones have become incredibly useful tools for specific industries and for people with very specific needs. There’s also a lot of stupidity in spending a few hundred dollars on a pointless app. Your phone is already expensive, so what’s a little more, right?

TIED TOGETHER: No, iPhones are not more expensive than Android phones

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