Free the Owl – HootSuite Mobile Apps Go Free for iPhone and Android on Oct. 13

Free the Robots! HootSuite for Android for Free

Mobile HootSuite fans will enjoy an added bonus next week – as of noon PST on October 13, the full version of HootSuite for iPhone and HootSuite for Android will be absolutely FREE to download.

We also have a bundle of other mobile news to announce for all the high-flying mobile owls in the coming weeks.

Mobile Owl Goodness

HootSuite iPhone iOS4

HootSuite iPhone iOS4 free on Oct. 13th

That’s right. You can download the full version of HootSuite for iPhone and HootSuite for Android for free. You’ll be able to view Ow.ly clickthrough stats for your links, manage more than three social networks, and enjoy all the benefits of the full version of HootSuite mobile.

In the coming weeks and months, we’ll add even more features to the HootSuite mobile clients – including advanced stats and other features for HootSuite Pro accounts.

Our goal is to give Pro HootSuite users a mobile client that offers them advanced features, while still allowing free users to enjoy a high-quality free version of our app.

And keep in mind that the BlackBerry client and an iPad app are also in the works – and both of these will be free as well. Now these owls are even more worth the wait!

Grandfathered Owls

To those of you who have already paid $2.99 for the full version of HootSuite mobile, you’ll get to keep what you paid for. You purchased HootSuite for the ability to add unlimited social networks to your phone, to view ow.ly stats, and to have an ad-free mobile interface. You’ll get to keep all of these things on your iPhone, even after we make the app free.

IMPORTANT: You must have a HootSuite account to be grandfathered in, and you must use the latest version of the paid app with your HootSuite account before Oct 13 at noon PST.

Note that emailing, tweeting, or posting that you’ve paid for the app will not entitle you to this offer. We need to verify that you’ve paid for the app. We’re carefully counting each HootSuite account holder who’s running the paid app, and the only way to be counted is to upgrade and run the app before October 13.

Everybody Upgrade!

For all users who have purchased HootSuite mobile apps, we appreciate your support, and we’re glad you find HootSuite useful enough to pay for. We encourage you to upgrade to the latest version of the app and create a HootSuite account in order to take advantange of our offer to lock in the features you’ve paid for so you can continue the mobile experience you currently enjoy.

Enjoy HootSuite’s mobile apps — free for everyone on October 13th. Hoot on!

Author: Jeff

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61 comments
Kris
Kris

Very good article! We are linking to this particularly great post

on our site. Keep up the great writing.

Avioes a Venda
Avioes a Venda

when do i get the new update/upgrade. Hootsuite (lite) is the only free one that i can find

Andy Au
Andy Au

Hi,

Thanks for stopping by. You can access these updates today.

Mike Flat
Mike Flat

Yes of course, hootsuite is very essential for the bloggers like me. I am using it regularly for scheduling my tweets on iPhone4. A great application and works as if i am using my laptop instead.

Cassandra
Cassandra

Ive been trying to make a hootsuite on the iphone, But it keeps saying invalid time zone.

Please help me ?

-Cassandra♥

Jeff
Jeff

Hi Cassandra--

Please visit help.hootsuite.com for tech support questions.

Thanks!

Carolina Bussadori
Carolina Bussadori

There is an app for Nokia E75 (Symbian S60)?

Dave Olson
Dave Olson

Not at this time and not planned. We do have versions for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and "keitei" phones.

BustAGroove
BustAGroove

For the record, I wanted to post how difficult (as a beta and later grandfathered HootSuite user) it was to get social streams working properly again on my iPhone 4. I had opened several help requests since December 2010 and wasn't provided with meaningful information on what was being done to troubleshoot the issue and/or no updates for long periods of time.

It appears that the last iPhone update HootSuite pushed during SXSW fixed the problem.

Pax
Pax

The icon lost sharpness after last update! (iphone4)

plz check it!

blkwomannucleus
blkwomannucleus

Isn't the purpose of hootsuite to post both twitter and facebook simultaneously? I am receiving force close when I try to add my facebook account. I need an app that will allow me to post to both at the same time on my droid HTC hero.

IcedNyior
IcedNyior

Just downloaded it for both Android and iPhone! Awesome! Using it to handle my client's Twitter /FB sites. Thanks so much for making it free

Hiroyuki
Hiroyuki

I updated the iphone app from lite version to full version.

I've lost the functionality to reply to tweets....:-(

joe
joe

Any chance a webOS version is in the works? HP is going to throw serious money and spec-jumps at it in the near future and it's not going away.

Marvin
Marvin

I just became free a minute ago. Enjoy!

Marvin
Marvin

I just downloaded it. Its great. I was waiting till

It became free. It is now. Go download it and enjoy THE goodness of HootSuit.

Matthew
Matthew

So...it's October 13th, and the iPhone app still shows as $2.99 on the App Store. :)

Jeff
Jeff

We'll be making it free at noon PST.

Stefan
Stefan

When will be started? Now we have 6:23 PST / 15:23 MEZ.

Jeff
Jeff

At noon PST.

afcgoonerp
afcgoonerp

I am using Hootsuite (lite) at the moment, when do i get the new update/upgrade. Hootsuite (lite) is the only free one that i can find

René
René

Today is the 13th where is the free version?

Jeff
Jeff

We'll be making it free at noon PST

Greg S
Greg S

I've been expecting the free Hootsuite full version for half a day now. Is it listed on the Australian app store? Or how do i grab this fantastic app?

Cheers

Greg S

Greg S
Greg S

Sorry my bad. Miscalculated the time difference. I'll just sit over here in the corner and wait a little longer.

Greg S

Greg S
Greg S

yup, now i've got it. Thanks for the update, cant wait to explore the new features. Best twitter app on the market IMHO. Keep up the good work!!!

Greg S

Jason Petersen
Jason Petersen

I installed the hootsuite app for Droid recently and wanted to see if there was any plans to include the ability to broadcast to Facebook and LinkedIn as well? I could only seem to locate the ability to do tweets - thanks!

Jason Petersen

Jessica
Jessica

Hi Jason! Facebook is on our immediate road map, as far as our Android app is concerned. LinkedIn may be added in the future as well.

PeterK
PeterK

Guys I have a feeling that you are giving us something for nothing with the upgrade, and as we all know in lif there is nothing free, therefore I think it will be to the detriment of Hootsuite that you will start displaying ads on Twitter and if that is the case I will go elsewher.

Keep it as it is please!

PeterK

Pizzo
Pizzo

Will hootsuite come with sounds when sending or getting tweets

Carolyn
Carolyn

So, if I understand this correctly: if you purchase/upgrade the Pro prior to Oct 13, it will remain at $2.99/mo. Starting Oct 13 the Pro will go up to $5.99/mo? This is the advantage to purchase it before the 13th???? Could someone clarify this.

thanks,

Carolyn

Greg C
Greg C

I'm a little confused here. Sorry. I read this over a few times and I think I'm missing something.

I bought the hootsuite iPhone app, and as I understand, it will now be free. I'm fine with paying $3 for it, it served me well and I'm happy that I could invest in the company.

Now my question is with Hootsuite online (via computer). I currently manage about a dozen accounts, will I have to buy PRO? I just checked the pro website and it says "HootSuite Pro is currently for new members only. Existing members can continue to access HootSuite for free without any restrictions"

Does that mean I won't need to get a pro account? Will I still be able to manage all my accounts for free?

thanks!

-greg

Jeff
Jeff

Hi Greg--

Thanks for purchasing the full version of the app.

When you use the app with your HootSuite account, we log you to be sure you're grandfathered in. This means you'll continue to get access to unlimited social networks, no ads, and stats on your phone.

HootSuite web will be migrating existing users to Pro/Free accounts eventually, and at that point you would need to upgrade to Pro to continue to use all 12 of your social networks on the web. You will still be able to use all 12 on your phone.

Greg C
Greg C

Sweet. Thank you for the clarification.

I've been with you guys from pretty close to the start. It's a great product, and it's Canadian! I love it when we can create something that generates this much excitement across the world!

Joey
Joey

This may be a stupid question, but will the Hootsuite for iPhone you guys are releasing on October 13th ad-free?

I doubt it, but it won't hurt to ask. I just want to clarify. Thanks.

Jeff
Jeff

Yes, the app will be ad-free on Oct 13th. But ads may be introduced later for Free users only.

We are in the process of lining up our mobile apps with our HootSuite Pro accounts, so that Pro users have access to additional features on their mobile devices. Pro users will be able to opt out of ads on the web or mobile versions.

Note that free HootSuite.com users (on the web) will begin seeing Twitter's Promoted Tweets in their streams very soon, and mobile apps will follow suit.

Jim C.
Jim C.

What's the advantage to upgrading and using the app before Oct. 13? Won't you be able to get all the full features for free after Oct. 13? I'm confused, somebody please explain. (Regardless, I still love HootSuite.)

Jeff
Jeff

Sorry, should have said "update" not "upgrade."

We just want to make sure people who already paid for the app are running the latest version, so we can log them. Grandfathering is something we’ve done to ensure people who’ve already paid for the app can continue to use the features they’ve paid for. There’s no need to buy the full version for $2.99 — this is just something for people who already spent a few bucks on it.

Mark J Daniels
Mark J Daniels

Is V 1.0.11 the latest version of the Pro app? Market doesn't appear to be telling me there's an update available so I'm presuming this is it and I will be grandfathered...?

Also, is there going to be a version with integrated Facebook as well, like the full web version?

Jeff
Jeff

Yep, that's it. If you've got a HootSuite account and you're using the app, you are probably already logged. ;)

Mopalop Atop
Mopalop Atop

I don't understand this "grandfathering" thing. Can you explain it a bit clearer. What is the difference whether you upgrade as a grandfathered owl or just download the free app? Are there ads in the forthcoming free app? That is all.

Jeff
Jeff

On Oct 13, we'll be changing the price of the full version of HootSuite to free. There won't be a new version at that time, just a price change. No ads will be in the app at that time.

Grandfathering is something we've done to ensure people who've already paid for the app can continue to use the features they've paid for. There's no need to buy the full version for $2.99 -- this is just something for people who already spent a few bucks on it.