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MetService launches app; whacks on small fee

MetService has release an app for iPhone and Android (see screen shots from iPhone version, right).

Unlike the free mobile version of Metservice's website (, there is a small one off-cost of $2.59.

A rep for MetService said the app has features not available on the mobile site, including videos, real-time radar, traffic cams and the ability to add your own weather photos.

The developer was Wellington's PaperKite, last in the news for creating the NZ Budget app, which cost the government $59,000 and was downloaded 8600 times.

Asked how much the MetService app cost to develop, spokeswoman Nicola Burroughs replied: "A lot!."

"There are lots of interactive elements and we wanted to make sure it was jam packed with features given that it’s a paid app.

"As is often the case, these things can end up more than you thought."

The app is available from Apple's iTunes AppStore and Google Play (formerly Android Market).

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Comments and questions

It seems expensive given the mobile site is free. My guess is very few will watch the video though the radar would be good.

And the cost for the budget app does seem over the top. It might have had a lot of features I didn't use but the bits I did (and I assume most people did as well) should have cost a lot less.

It's good for just $2.59. Especially good to support NZ apps after years of a free service. The video is very local saving the effort of missing the one on TV. I look forward to the inevitable upgrades

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