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Jan 24 2011   12:16AM GMT

10,000,000,000th Apple App Store Download

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

There is a funny story behind Apple hitting an amazing target. After a young British girl downloaded the 10,000,000,000th application, “Paper Glider”, they received a phone call from Apple, the mother thinking it was a prank phone call, promptly hung up on the Apple representative. The girls were furious with their mother, as the prize was a credit for 10,000 iTunes dollars. If you think about it, you could download quite a bit of music and apps with that. Here is an insert from the CNET Article.

So who could be surprised when Gail Davis, a woman in Orpington, England, picked up the phone, listened to someone offering her a prize, and immediately replied, “Thank you very much; I’m not interested”?

The only problem was that the caller really was someone from Apple and Davis really had won a prize. For her household was, indeed, the one from which the 10 billionth app had been downloaded from Apple’s app store.

She did call back and got a help desk representative that was less then helpful, in the end though, Apple did call her back and the family did receive the prize.

All if well in the world again :) Go here to read the full story.

-NS

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