When Hackul0us closed down suddenly in December 2012, many iPhone and iPad users were left a little shocked. The infamous Install0us app was used by many and one of the most downloaded from Cydia. However, there are alternatives to this app and here we look at the top 5 that allow you to download paid apps for nothing:
This is quite possibly the best of the alternatives. It works pretty much the same as Install0us but it can only be used on devices that have been jailbroken. It contains a large amount of free apps and is suitable for all firmwares from iOS 5.1.1 upwards. Go to Cydia, Mange, Sources, Edit, Add and type in http://cydia.iphonecake.com to add the repo.
This is another app that allows you to download paid apps for free. You do not need to jailbreak your device to use Zeusmos and it can be used on the iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone. At the moment it costs $5 per year to use and can be downloaded from Zeusomos.com.
3. VShare/App VV
This can be found under either of these names and is a good alternative to Install0us. It works the same and looks the same, making the transition for user easy. It is all in Chinese language but you should still be able to search for your preferred apps. Add this repo into Cydia:
The literal translation of the name of this app is “use quickly”. It is another one that is similar to Install0us in operation and it does not require the device to be jailbroken to work. Again, the interface is all in Chinese but you should be able to find your apps fairly easily.
iFunBox is not just for downloading apps, but for browsing, and transferring your stored files between your computer and idevice. You can move documents, music, photos and videos. It is now one of the more popular apps and is fully compatible with iOS 6.x – something that Install0us could not boast. The interface is easy with apps being sorted into categories for easy location.
It must be said that these apps should be used at your own risk. If you are using them to download pirated apps then you do run a risk of downloading a virus at the same time. If you like the app that much, why not pay the couple of dollars most of them cost and reward the developer for all his hard work?