It used to be that this ap was somewhat usable. The last couple of stories I’ve tried to view have been bared by pop up’s telling me I have to subscribe in order to view them. When I hit the close button at the top of the subscription window it bumps me back to the home page which in turn bumps me back to the story and the annoying subscription window. There doesn’t seem to be a way to stop this other than exiting and quitting the ap. Seriously considering deleting the ap. What’s the point of getting an alert about a story when you can’t view it?
I want to support the Gazette as a local paper but they are making it incredibly difficult to justify paying for an online subscription. The multitude of ways this app fails are too numerous to count. I can access my account on my iPad, everything else is a no go. I’m kicked out, logged out, asked to log in when I already am and then told I need to subscribe. It’s beyond ridiculous and the only response I got from their tech support was ‘it’s a work in progress.’ But they have no problem billing me monthly.
I subscribe to the online version of the gazette. Recently the app started logging me out after closing. It has progressed to where I am consistently logged out and asked to purchase the gazette subscription. Sometimes even when I am fully authenticated and successfully logged in I cannot read articles and the “you must subscribe” screen pops up.
As a paid subscriber, I am very disappointed in this app. I have to sign in multiple times during one viewing session. I have emailed their tech support and had no response. I also had hoped the ads would go away once I subscribed but they are still there. Some work needs to be done on this app.
You download the app to see the news. You go to an article and a pop up blocks you from reading it unless you subscribe. So another way to say how bad it’s become is everyone who buy’s an add through Billings Gazetee get to only subscribers. You get more by using KULR-8 or Q2 who doesn’t block people. This is an app not the newspaper! Uninstalled Forever!
The first app for the Billings Gazette is so. I have better than the new and “improved” version. I deleted the new one so I could use the old one, but now the old one doesn’t work. The news used to be more accessible, with each news story profiles. The new app seems to forget the reason why one would look at a newspaper app.
I am a subscriber and pay for this but the app (and website) are junk. If I click on a story, it asks me to subscribe. I am a subscriber. No way to work around it and just log in. Even if I go and log in, still cannot read the story. Unfortunately no rating less than one star.
Have an online subscription but every time I click on a story a I get a subscription message. Mind you I’m logged in but it won’t restore purposes so I need to log out and back in. An app that is slow in delivery news, should at least work.
This app is likely the worst designed app on the App Store, when it comes to user experience. But Lee enterprises is more concerned with advertising, and that’s fine. But the story can’t be read because it jumps all over the place to accommodate ads. Makes me want to throw my phone.
This app is absolutely the worst you could ever install or try to use. Forget about talking to someone actually affiliated with the Billings Gazette. Sign in on your browser and save yourself the head ache of talking to someone from another country
$312 a year for a few local articles and ~70% shared articles between the Independent and Missoulian?!? I thought I’d given enough accidental ad clicks through the years due to the clunky user interface, guessed wrong.
advertisements. It’s been 6 months do they not know I’m a subscriber yet?? Also the writers seem biased rather than fair and neutral. Unfortunately by their articles it appears they support the act of homosexuality and oppose the Catholic Church.
If I could give this app zero stars, I would. This is one of the worst news app I have ever experienced; it seems almost like a joke. I highly recommend any other news source or NO news source before this one. This app is filled with massive ads that you cannot avoid while you scroll. After you accidentally hit one of the screen-filling ads, it will take you OUT of the app and into safari. Want to get back into the app you were trying to use? NOPE! As soon as you re-enter the app, it will take you back to the safari ad. Eventually, you have to shut down the app entirely and close out of the ads in safari before you can even attempt to read an article. Quite the disappointment. Reading chemtrails would be more reliable.
Ridiculously frustrating when I pay for an online subscription and have to watch 32 seconds worth of ads every few paragraphs worth of reading. I thought if I just signed in the pop-up ads would go away, however, the Gazette in their last update and I guess love for money and not customers decided to get rid of the sign in functionality saying you can simply sign in when prompted if you want to make a comment. If I want to make a comment?? I can't seem to get past all the dang ads to find the comment section evidently because I haven't been able to locate it. This is a bunch of b.s. and I plan on calling in for a refund.
A heavily advertised and poorly constructed news app
This app is mostly just an advertisement app with most content attempting to link the readers to some other ad. The most frustrating of ads is when the all links to the iOS App Store while reading an article. I had to delete the app and will likely not gather Billings news from the website in the future either.
The app used to work then they completely changed the layout, now when you open it the window maybe lasts 20 seconds before kicking you back to your home screen. Much better off reading the newspaper when it comes to your house because not only is this app frustrating but it is absolutely 100% pathetic
The latest update to this app made things even worse. Nearly every time you start into a new story an ad auto launches that takes it out of the app, and into the Apple App Store. If you want to show me ads, that's fine, but why on earth would you make me leave your app? Just use the regular mobile site, forget about the app.
A pop up here and there is fine. Gotta pay the bills. But it is impossible to read a story without being redirected to the App Store over and over to apps that are completely irrelevant. If this happened to you on a web page, your antivirus would block the site as malicious. This is unacceptable.
Terrible newspaper with an even worse app. They've changed the app so you can only navigate to the latest news, sports, obituaries, and the worthless more button. I like being able to navigate to crime and city sections. Want to read about important national news? It won't happen in the Billings paper!
Not only is the reporting biased and terrible at best. This app kicks you out of the app to ads constantly. You have to restart the app completely every time this occurs. By far the worst app I've ever installed on my phone. Would not recommend at all and would suggest finding alternative news sources.
Even though I'm signed in with a premium account, I must watch a full 30 second commercial to view every other article. Although less annoying, the spelling & grammar in much of the articles is frightening horrific for professional reporters.
I use this on my iPhone and now every twenty seconds or so an add redirects me to the App Store without me clicking on the ad or anything. It just redirects me to the AppStore all on its own. Very frustrating! It's hard to read the news when every twenty seconds it takes me away from the app
I thought this app would be a good download because it would deliver the local news to the palm of my hand. Instead, it either crashes or redirects me to the app store (even when I haven't touched the screen and therefore haven't touched an ad). Seriously useless.
The other reviews that state how bad this app is due to the number of the pop-up ads… are spot on. I highly recommend finding other news sources rather than using the billings gazette as your news source.
I'm deleting this app because of its pop-up like adds. You can't even look at a article with an amber alert with out a pop-up like add sending you to the App Store. This app is garbage. Local news is nice but the Billings Gazette has bowed down to advertisers.
I had given this app a 5 star review in the past, but with the constant redirects and pop ups, it isn't worth the frustration or time to use it. Guess I'll have to get my news from the local radio or TV stations.
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