So, Installous is gone and now, many users are thinking that their is no way to get the paid apps for free now, but that is a misconception. There are many Installous alternatives but they never got to be famous because of Installous, the app that started it all.
One of such alternatives is AppCake+ which is the next best option to download the apps and it is the most famous app after Installous. It also has got extensive collection of apps for you to download and its website, iphonecake.com, can also be directly used for app downloading and app crackers can use it for app submissions. Its installation is fairly easy but requires a bit of know how.
So, lets have a look at the procedure to download the app that can give us hope, AppCake+.
Step 1: As you might have already guessed, you need a jailbroken iDevice to be able to download paid apps for free. So, you need a jailbroken idevice to be able to install AppCake+. If you don't have one, have a look at this guide(for iOS 5 and below users) or this guide(for iOS 6 users).
Update [05.02.2013] = An untethered jailbreak, evasi0n, has now been released for iOS 6.x iDevices.
Update [24.12.2013] = An untethered jailbreak, evasi0n 7, has now been released for iOS 7.0.x iDevices and AppCake has been tested to be working fine for these devices.
Step 2: Now open Cydia and let it download and load its resources and updates.
Step 3: Now go to the Manage tab from the bottom and then click on Sources.
Step 4: In the Sources section, click on Edit in the top right corner and then on Add, which now appears in the top left corner.
Step 5: When you click on Add, a dialogue box appears. Type cydia.iphonecake.com in it and click on Verify. After showing verifying URL for a moment, it asks if you want to add the source or not, click on Add Anyway. Then let it download the resources of the repository you have just added and load them. When it displays Return to Cydia, click on it and you will be back to the sources section.
Step 6: The hard part is over. Now, when you get back to the sources section, click on the source we just added, i.e. cydia.iphonecake.com . Here you will find the list of the apps it hosts. Click on AppCake+(iPhone or iPod owners) or AppCake+ HD(iPad owners).
Step 7: Now click on Install and then on Confirm that appears at the very exact place. After you hit Confirm, it will start downloading the small app and then it will load it. When it shows Return to Cydia, click on it.
Note: The users who had Installous installed in their devices will only need to download AppCake+ but those who are doing all this for the first time will also see an additional download named AppSync. This app is a must for AppCake+ or apps like that to work properly.
Update [24.12.2013] = iOS 7 jailbreakers need to manually install patch for AppSync so that AppCake runs without any hiccups on iOS 7. To do that, go to the sources section and then click on the source you just added to the list, i.e. cydia.iphonecake.com, like you did in Step 6. Then scroll down and click on AppSync Patch iOS 7.x. Click on Install and then Confirm that appears in the same place. After you hit Confirm, it will start downloading the 250 KB patch and install it. When it shows Return to Cydia, click on it.
Step 8: Now, the AppCake+ icon appears on your SpringBoard but there is a problem. It appears to be a white colored icon with no design and when you open the app, it crashes immediately.
That is because the installation process hasn't completed just yet. Its like installing a major program on your windows PC. To complete the process, you need to reboot your iDevice.
And now the app appears in its true colors and works just fine.
The app in itself is great and won't let you miss Installous much. It has a very clean and good looking interface and there is a very good chance that you will have fun with it.