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The Economist for iPhone

By The Economist

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•Our award winning app is free to download.
•Free Editor’s picks. Registered readers can read or listen to a selection of must-read articles chosen each week by John Micklethwait.
•Subscribers enjoy full access to each week’s issue.

Our award winning app allows registered readers to read a selection of free content each week, while subscribers with digital access can enjoy the full issue every Thursday from 4pm EST/ 9pm GMT.
The Economist app now appears on your device in Newsstand. Please note that you will not find The Economist app on your device home screen.
Certain users may be affected by blocked network and no connection error messages, for which we apologise. We are working hard to have a long term solution in place.
If you are continuing to experience issues please do not hesitate to get in touch with customer our service desk at
-Read or listen to each week’s full issue from Thursday 4pm EST/ 9pm GMT.
-Pre-download The Economist and enjoy offline reading anytime, anywhere.
-Seamlessly move between our reader and audio features.
-Store and access back issues.
-If you are a registered reader, you may purchase single issues using In App Purchase.
-Subscribe within the app and get full access to and The Economist apps.

-Subscribe quarterly (12 issues) for GBP £39.99 or annually (51 issues) for GBP £159.99 or buy a single issue for GBP £4.99. If available, you will be charged in your local currency at the prevailing exchange rate as defined by iTunes.
-Payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase.
-No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during the active subscription period.
-Subscriptions automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period.
-Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period at the price of the original subscription.
-You can manage auto-renew of your subscription in your iTunes account settings.
-The app may offer a subscription with a free trial period. At the end of the trial period, full price of the subscription will be charged thereafter.
-You may cancel a subscription during its free trial period via the subscription setting through your iTunes account. This must be done 24 hours before the end of the subscription period to avoid being charged. Please visit for more information.
-You may turn off the auto-renewal of your subscription via your Account Settings. However, you are not able to cancel the current subscription during its active period.
-Full terms of use can be found at

The Economist is a weekly international news and business publication offering independent and clear reporting, commentary and analysis on world current affairs; business, finance, science and technology, culture, society, media and the arts.

The Economist is also available on iPad. Simply search for The Economist in the App Store for iPad.

What's New in Version 2.4.2

Dear Reader,

This update addresses an ongoing issue which caused the app to crash in certain scenarios for users on iPhone 4s when accessing the app with a cellular connection, introduced during the previous update.

Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Thank you for reading The Economist on iPhone.


The Digital Editions Team

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Customer Reviews

Many problems

I guess I expect a lot from the app because my subscription to the Economist is not cheap. It does the bare minimum, I suppose. There are constant network errors. The app will load when the network is turned off (airplane mode) but if the radio is turned on and you happen to be in an elevator or otherwise have a spotty connection, the app won't even let you past the splash screen and then abruptly crashes, often while you are listening to the audio edition forcing you to find you place again, after you can get it to work. This is completely avoidable as all of the content has already been downloaded. And the audio functionality is awkward and very glitchy. The UI leaves much to be desired. And why does the app have to be in the newsstand? None of my other news outlets have their apps in there. It's a pain. Overall, a major disappointed from a newspaper that obviously understands the importance of digital media. And thank God the in-audio ads only lasted a couple of weeks.

Constant glitches

While several fixes have been addressed, I now have constant problems with an "unable to connect to internet" while listening to audio. This renders all in app functions useless, in particular "pause" (annoying) and I must hit "ok" in multiple boxes before the app resumes. This occurs even when I have the app fully 3/4G enabled and/or am connected to the internet. The app should run a fully downloaded issue without needing to constantly check the internet.

Please resolve. Errors with failure to download full audio seem to be improving, for the most part, thank you.

The Economist Magazine

My only major concern I have is if I haven't finished reading a weekly issue after a certain amount of time it is no longer available to be read. If I've bought the issues, all issues should continue to be accessible. If you bought a hard copy, it's yours to keep, and so should be the case with the electronic version. Please tell me that it is possible for me to still view my old magazines whenever I want to and how to find them. Please get back to me on this.

The Economist for iPhone
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  • Free
  • Category: News
  • Updated: Aug 19, 2013
  • Version: 2.4.2
  • Size: 4.1 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: The Economist Newspaper Group Inc.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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