Way too many intrusive ads popping up or moving around. There are at least three different versions of Prairie's Times-Call app, all of which have terrible ratings. They also make many other apps (25!!!) for other local papers, all of those have terrible ratings too. But oddly enough the Loveland paper app they make (which one I'm not sure) is somewhat more. I've had these apps on my phone for ages but never looked at them until now. The web sites are much better.
All articles from print edition do not show up in the app. For instance, in today’s print edition (5/6/19) on the front page there is an article about Berthoud having 4th of July fireworks for the first time in over 100 years. No search bar in app (why not??) and I can’t find the same article anywhere in the app today!? This is not a user-friendly or complete alternative to the print edition!
I have had Longmont Times Call App for many years on my phone. I was required to update my App a few weeks ago. The update said I would continue to get the news for the rate I was getting it prior to the update. This was straight up misleading marketing as the rate increased exponentially. Makes me wonder which side of the truth they print in the paper.
The iOS app works quite well. It updates well and you can find some current news by using the second button from the left along the bottom. The button marked news brings up a worthless subset such as Carbon Valley news. Still, it works.
Where to begin? This app changes so often my gripes will likely be obsolete by the time you read this. Bottom line, the upgrades somehow NEVER improve the app. Has it refreshed? Am I supposed to pay for content? The only constant is that it WILL crash on you. I've used it with a 4s and 6, same problems with either device.
The format is a set back. Can't find weddings and anniversaries like the old app. The link on the old app to this didn't work had to search for iPhone update at app store. This is awful. Liked the other version 1000x better. I am deleting this one. Let me have the old one back. It should have been optional to update it and not mandatory.
The new version sneaks in video ads now instead of the annoying, but quiet, pop ups. I can no longer catch up on the news at night because of the loud video ads that randomly pop up for fear of waking my hubby. You have to wait 5 seconds before you can close it. They are loud.
The articles are GREAT! When you can actually read them... You have 30 second video ads that won't close and most of the time crash the app itself! Seriously I have never gone through one paragraph without an ad crashing the whole thing!
Great interface and easy to use. However the app fails to update the news. Basically you are looking at yesterday's news. It occasionally refreshes (unclear how or when) so sometimes it is current. But not much. If this gets fixed it is 4 stars.
You used to get a bunch of ads if you looked at the times call for free, now you have to pay, but you still get to look at all the ads. Times Call continues the downward spiral to worthless. Uninstalling app.
I used to really enjoy this app. The new video ads...or should I say add as it's the same one over and over have made this app unbearable. The Times Call has officially become like the other papers, i.e. no proof reading and putting revenue above customer loyalty.
Now we have to login to see the articles after never having to before? This is ridiculous. Good luck surviving in this age when anyone can get information for free online. I'm deleting this now that it's useless.