The Ovi Store for Maemo just arrived for the Nokia N900 and some users already found a way to bypass the payment gateway. An example is that users were able install the extra level for Angry Birds that costs $3 directly from the Nokia N900 for free. I’m assuming Nokia found about the security breach right away because the extra level is no longer listed at the store.
I actually purchased the extra level for Angry Birds while it was still available because I love the game! I discourage piracy and will not share how these users were able to download it for free, but here’s the ongoing discussion from the Maemo community where this issue was brought up.
The Ovi Store is clearly labeled as beta, but I hope this incident does not discourage other developers from creating awesome apps for the Maemo platform. I also hope Nokia sorts this out as soon as possible because I know plenty of Nokia N900 users want to get that extra level for Angry Birds!