Over the past few days, reports have suggested that Apple and Google maybe being pressurized by the Taiwanese Government to modify their app sales policies. This app sale policy would require both companies to modify their app sales policies to comply with a law requiring a one-week return and refund policy on all purchases. WantChinaTimes was the first to report this story and today more info has become available.
At the request of Taipei City Hall, Apple agreed to let their phone users have a trial period of seven days, within which a user can return the app for a full refund.
Apple hasn’t in the past offered refunds officially, but refunds have been available case by case via iTunes support. Today, The Economic Times of India reports that Apple has agreed to these new rules while Google has been fined $34,600 over its refusal to offer a 7-day refund policy. Also, another report from the Taipei Times uncovers that Google has withdrawn its paid apps from the marketplace in Taiwan rather than agree to the new conditions.
The reason why Apple agreed to this law is unclear, and there’s no word of changes in the handling of purchases made through the App Store in Taiwan. In addition, it is unknown if Apple will be extending the policy to other countries.