PhoneSaber’s Future

Good news and bad news, PhoneSaber fans.

As of now, PhoneSaber will no longer be available, I’ve had a chat with a guy from THQ Wireless (who own the rights for Star Wars apps on mobiles) and as we were always expecting, PhoneSaber is not allowed to be on there.  It was a very friendly chat, and the future of PhoneSaber was discussed.

They want to do some sort of official, Star Wars branded version of PhoneSaber, and will be working with us on that one.  We’re really excited about this – it means that PhoneSaber has the potential to be even better than it originally was!  I don’t know any information beyond that, whether they plan to charge for it, advertise with it or what, but we’ll keep you updated on as much as we’re allowed to tell you.

Apologies to everyone who loved PhoneSaber, we didn’t really have much choice in the matter, but we’re certain that the new, official, PhoneSaber will be even more great than the original was!

TheMacBox will be continuing to make awesome stuff, including some great pay-for games, and some more awesome free apps.

Update: Since this post has now hit the internet, just want to clarify a few things:

  • Since it was us that removed the app, it is unlikely that Apple will pull the kill switch we’ve heard so much about recently.  And I’m pretty sure that’ll just be for actual malicious apps (NetShare, Box Office etc. have not been added to that list)
  • We’ll be talking to someone from THQ very soon, and will push for this to be a free app, maybe it could be used as a marketing tool for The Force Unleashed?
  • THQ plan to let us have access to all the library of Star Wars sounds, etc, that we could never have used before, and we’d like to make PhoneSaber the best it can be for an official app… so if you have any requests, e-mail us now.
  • We personally don’t recommend you get iSaber instead because, well… it’s just not as good really, is it?  And it’s likely to go the way of PhoneSaber soon.

61 Responses to “PhoneSaber’s Future”

  1. Lucas Takes Down PhoneSaber! « Who Is This Ollie Parsley?? Says:

    [...] I literally just read this on TheMacBox blog, the makers of the iPhone application. It is my favourite app and it looks as though Lucas doesnt [...]

  2. Macenstein | Lucas pulls PhoneSaber from the iTunes store Says:

    [...] Star Wars branded version of PhoneSaber, and will be working with us on that one,” reads a post on MacBox’s blog. “I don’t know any information beyond that, whether they plan to charge for it, advertise [...]

  3. Lucas Requests Delisting of PhoneSaber Says:

    [...] from the App Store. Alex and Duncan, the developers of the popular and zany little app over at TheMacBox, graciously complied, noting: “They didn’t want to go down the attacking cease and desist [...]

  4. May the force be with PhoneSaber: Another iPhone app vanishes » VentureBeat Says:

    [...] simply be a very similar app that includes the Star Wars official branding to promote the films, according to a post on TheMacBox blog. The team notes that it doesn’t yet know if THQ will want the new app to free or not [...]

  5. iPhapp.info » Blog Archive » R.I.P. PhoneSaber Says:

    [...] PhoneSaber has been pulled from the App Store. It’s sort of a bad news/good news situation, as described by the folks at TheMacBox.co.uk. [...]

  6. Cheap Computer Monitors » Blog Archive » App Store: PhoneSaber is now gone Says:

    [...] A quick look at the publisher’s page confirms this and it looks like THQ Wireless has asked MacBox to take down the app on behalf of Lucas Arts. Good news and bad news, PhoneSaber [...]

  7. News » Phonesaber Removed From App Store, Might Make Triumphant Official Return [Phonesaber] Says:

    [...] One of the more useless but fun apps on the iTunes app store was Phonesaber, and we say “was” because it’s been pulled. This time, though, it wasn’t Apple but the makers of the app, The Mac Box, themselves. They were contacted by THQ Wireless, a company with the license to make all things Star Wars for mobile phones. Thankfully it sounds like THQ and Lucasfilm are being nice about it and it sounds like we can expect a real Star Wars branded version in the near future. We like it when people play nice like this. [The Mac Box blog] [...]

  8. PhoneSaber pulled from App Store « Dan’s Tech-n-Stuff Weblog Says:

    [...] For more info about what happened check out the developers post here. [...]

  9. Gizmodo, the gadget guide » Blog Archive » Phonesaber Removed From App Store, Might Make Triumphant Official Return [Phonesaber] Says:

    [...] One of the more useless but fun apps on the iTunes app store was Phonesaber, and we say “was” because it’s been pulled. This time, though, it wasn’t Apple but the makers of the app, The Mac Box, themselves. They were contacted by THQ Wireless, a company with the license to make all things Star Wars for mobile phones. Thankfully it sounds like THQ and Lucasfilm are being nice about it and it sounds like we can expect a real Star Wars branded version in the near future. We like it when people play nice like this. [The Mac Box blog] [...]

  10. App Store: PhoneSaber is now gone | official tech news Says:

    [...] A quick look at the publisher’s page confirms this and it looks like THQ Wireless has asked MacBox to take down the app on behalf of Lucas Arts. Good news and bad news, PhoneSaber [...]

  11. Phonesaber gedwongen weggehaald uit App Store > Nieuws > iPhoneclub.nl Says:

    [...] Via: The Mac Box blog [...]

  12. Pretender Says:

    I think the application is perfect! And I hope you and THQ Wireless can work it out and bring a new version in the AppStore. I’ll sure be one of the downloaders!

  13. jopettitt.com » Blog Archive » Phonesaber Removed From App Store, Might Make Triumphant Official Return [Phonesaber] Says:

    [...] One of the more useless but fun apps on the iTunes app store was Phonesaber, and we say “was” because it’s been pulled. This time, though, it wasn’t Apple but the makers of the app, The Mac Box, themselves. They were contacted by THQ Wireless, a company with the license to make all things Star Wars for mobile phones. Thankfully it sounds like THQ and Lucasfilm are being nice about it and it sounds like we can expect a real Star Wars branded version in the near future. We like it when people play nice like this. [The Mac Box blog] [...]

  14. linkerjpatrick Says:

    My wife got her iPhone 3G last night and was exploring the App Store. I had already downloaded the PhoneSaber app and told her to look it up. Well, once again every time I try to show my wife something on the computer it disappears and the app wasn’t there. Their is another one their called, iSaber but it’s a lot more chessy. She downloaded that one and we compared.

    One cool thing about PhoneSaber is when you touch it in full screen mode it shrinks up like the “real” thing. If you have to take PhoneSaber off then iSaber definitely needs to go. It stinks compared to PhoneSaber.

  15. The Coolest iPhone App gets removed from the app store - PhoneSaber | Geeky Gadgets Says:

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  16. App Store: PhoneSaber is now gone | tech gadget update Says:

    [...] A quick look at the publisher’s page confirms this and it looks like THQ Wireless has asked MacBox to take down the app on behalf of Lucas Arts. Good news and bad news, PhoneSaber [...]

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  18. » Blog Archive » PhoneSaber Pulled by Lucasfilm… But Official Version In Works Says:

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  19. iPhone-Laserschwert « GENTLEMANSBLOG - News die DICH wirklich interessieren: Nachrichten, Reports, Klatsch & Tratsch Says:

    [...] Software wurde nun auf Betreiben des Herstellers aus dem App Store entfernt, erklärten die Macher von PhoneSaber. LucasArts als Rechteinhaber von Star Wars hatte den Softwareanbieter darum [...]

  20. MarsWebZone.Info » Blog Archive » Phonesaber Removed From App Store, Might Make Triumphant Official Return [Phonesaber] Says:

    [...] One of the more useless but fun apps on the iTunes app store was Phonesaber, and we say “was” because it’s been pulled. This time, though, it wasn’t Apple but the makers of the app, The Mac Box, themselves. They were contacted by THQ Wireless, a company with the license to make all things Star Wars for mobile phones. Thankfully it sounds like THQ and Lucasfilm are being nice about it and it sounds like we can expect a real Star Wars branded version in the near future. We like it when people play nice like this. [The Mac Box blog] [...]

  21. PhoneSaber Pulled, but will (ahem) Return | The iPhone Blog Says:

    [...] the developer of PhoneSaber, has given word that they’ve had to pull the app from iTunes after a request from THQ wireless. The chat: [...]

  22. The Apple Core mobile edition Says:

    [...] Star Wars branded version of PhoneSaber, and will be working with us on that one,” reads a post on TheMacBox’s blog. “I don’t know any information beyond that, whether they plan to charge for it [we’re betting [...]

  23. Michael Tsai - Blog - Without a Trace Says:

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  25. www.Kemple.us » Phonesaber No Longer Available Says:

    [...] Phonesaber has been pulled from the App store. The developer that created Phonesaber has this posted on their website: [...]

  26. Sting7k Says:

    Say it aint so! I love phonesabre, it might not really do anything but when you fire it up everyone in the room gets a good laugh. Dueling with other iPhone users is so hilarious I could do it all day long. I hope THQ lives up to what they are telling you guys and delivers something with even better features and enhancements. LONG LIVE PHONE SABRE I will never delete this app, I just saved a copy to another folder to ensure it lives on forever.

  27. Luis Says:

    I think your comments about iSaber are out of line. Both applications are free and have their own twists and fun to them. You bashing iSaber, just makes you look like you don’t like competition. I would hope that THQ doesn’t even pick you for development, since you are obviously a JERK!!

  28. News » Another One Yanked From App Store: Slasher Says:

    [...] like PhoneSaber, the “swing your iPhone around and make lightsaber sounds” app, is gone too, but in the case of PhoneSaber, it was the developers’ decision to pull it, due to licensing [...]

  29. iPhoneKing » PhoneSaber Pulled, but will (ahem) Return Says:

    [...] the developer of PhoneSaber, has given word that they’ve had to pull the app from iTunes after a request from THQ wireless. The chat: [...]

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  31. Another iPhone app pulled: this time it’s PhoneSaber | bFeed Says:

    [...] bit of software, the latest app to be removed from the store was actually kind of fun: it’s PhoneSaber, a lightsaber simulator for your iPhone. It uses the accelerometer in your device to respond as you [...]

  32. bFeed Says:

    [...] bit of software, the latest app to be removed from the store was actually kind of fun: it’s PhoneSaber, a lightsaber simulator for your iPhone. It uses the accelerometer in your device to respond as you [...]

  33. Another iPhone app pulled: this time it’s PhoneSaber | Techno Portal Says:

    [...] bit of software, the latest app to be removed from the store was actually kind of fun: it’s PhoneSaber, a lightsaber simulator for your iPhone. It uses the accelerometer in your device to respond as you [...]

  34. Paul Says:

    This was the best ‘killer’ App out there. For the simple reason it made people smile. Watching the iphone sceptics smile when they heard the saber noise. Also it kept my kids off my back for 5 mins a day (we don’t have two iphones – or I’m sure it would have been longer).

    Cheers guys, love it.

  35. Top Five Fav iPhone Apps « the Kiwi iPhone experience Says:

    [...] PhoneSaber. I wondered how long this would be around for, and it seems the people connected with Star Wars [...]

  36. PhoneSaber Pulled, but will (ahem) Return Says:

    [...] the developer of PhoneSaber, has given word that they’ve had to pull the app from iTunes after a request from THQ wireless. The chat: [...]

  37. eCommerce Development » iPhone-Laserschwert: Das Imperium schlägt zurück Says:

    [...] Software wurde nun auf Betreiben des Herstellers aus dem App Store entfernt, erklärten die Macher von PhoneSaber. LucasArts als Rechteinhaber von Star Wars hatte den Softwareanbieter darum [...]

  38. Just how rich are you - would you pay £500 for a flashing light? : Mobile Industry Review Says:

    [...] market for a useless app, we’d suggest plumping for something similar to the recently-pulled Phonesaber instead: it’s somewhat cheaper and infinitely more [...]

  39. So Long PhoneSaber App - Rev2.org Says:

    [...] to TheMacBox, the makers of some iPhone apps, the PhoneSaber has been voluntarily pulled from iTunes.  Many of [...]

  40. Apple iPhone Apps - Phonesaber Removed From App Store, Might Make Triumphant Official Return | iFones.com Apple iPhone 3G iPhone News Says:

    [...] One of the more useless but fun apps on the iTunes app store was Phonesaber, and we say “was” because it’s been pulled. This time, though, it wasn’t Apple but the makers of the app, The Mac Box, themselves. They were contacted by THQ Wireless, a company with the license to make all things Star Wars for mobile phones. Thankfully it sounds like THQ and Lucasfilm are being nice about it and it sounds like we can expect a real Star Wars branded version in the near future. We like it when people play nice like this. [The Mac Box blog] [...]

  41. iPhoneTechZone.com » Blog Archive » Lucasfilm removes PhoneSaber from the App store Says:

    [...] Star Wars branded version of PhoneSaber, and will be working with us on that one,” reads a post on TheMacBox’s blog. “I don’t know any information beyond that, whether they plan to charge for it [we’re betting [...]

  42. Apple iPhone News - Phonesaber Removed From App Store, Might Make Triumphant Official Return | iFones.com Apple iPhone 3G iPhone News Says:

    [...] One of the more useless but fun apps on the iTunes app store was Phonesaber, and we say “was” because it’s been pulled. This time, though, it wasn’t Apple but the makers of the app, The Mac Box, themselves. They were contacted by THQ Wireless, a company with the license to make all things Star Wars for mobile phones. Thankfully it sounds like THQ and Lucasfilm are being nice about it and it sounds like we can expect a real Star Wars branded version in the near future. We like it when people play nice like this. [The Mac Box blog] [...]

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  44. BlackHoleSun Says:

    I’m so sad… I hope it comes back soon and free. I didn’t get a chance to download it the first time around.

  45. iPhone Blogga » Blog Archive » PhoneSaber Pulled, but will (ahem) Return Says:

    [...] the developer of PhoneSaber, has given word that they’ve had to pull the app from iTunes after a request from THQ wireless. The chat: [...]

  46. Apple Pulling iPhone Apps from the App Store by Elliott C. Back Says:

    [...] Wars lightsaber around. As you swing your phone, it would emit various sound effects. According to this post, Mac Box took down the app voluntarily after a THQ rep communicated that they violated [...]

  47. PhoneSaber Unleashed Hits iPhone in September, as Force Unleashed Marketing Tool? | GameCyte Says:

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  48. Macenstein | PhoneSaber to return this month as “PhoneSaber Unleashed” Says:

    [...] publisher TheMacBox confirmed last month that THQ (which owns the mobile gaming rights for the Star Wars franchise) asked them to [...]

  49. Derek Giromini Says:

    I love reading stories like this. Sure, it begins with a Cease and Desist, but at least a big fat branding house sees the potential is teaming up with a small development shop to deliver a great branded product. Congratulations!

  50. PhoneSaber para iPhone retorna a iTunes App Store “Unleashed” - Aplicativos para iPhone App Store Says:

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  51. iPhone App PhoneSaber To Return As LightSaber Unleashed | Gizmos and Gadgets Says:

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  52. iPhone App PhoneSaber To Return As LightSaber Unleashed | Gizmo & Gadget News Says:

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  54. iPhone App PhoneSaber To Return As LightSaber Unleashed | My Apple iPhone Says:

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  55. Our Techno Lyrics » Blog Archive » App Store: PhoneSaber is now gone Says:

    [...] A quick look at the publisher’s page confirms this and it looks like THQ Wireless has asked MacBox to take down the app on behalf of Lucas Arts. Good news and bad news, PhoneSaber [...]

  56. HotRod Says:

    What only Darth Vader’s Voice? Only 3 colors? Where are the blaster sounds that was promised?

  57. LightSaber for iPhone developer hits it big | BabyGotMac - Mac stuff that gets you sprung! Says:

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  58. Datapad de Korpil » PhoneSaber regresa del más allá, como Lightsaber Unleashed Says:

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  59. Counsel Says:

    My iTunes has updated my applications–removing lightsaber and replacing it with … the new lightsaber unleashed. What a crock. I have now deleted the application from my phone, and I am boycotting Lucas projects–all of them. No money to Lucas or THQ.

    I won’t spend a penny on any of their products fr me or my family until they release the original phonesaber. Who wants to be one of their characters?? I want the saber to be mine–with the color I want. Why not join in the boycott?

  60. The Geek Media » Blog Archive » PhoneSaber upgrades and transforms to Lightsaber Unleashed Says:

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  61. iPhone App PhoneSaber To Return As LightSaber Unleashed | Apple News Says:

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