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RIM Launches App World, the BlackBerry App Store

5 Mar 2009 | BlackBerry , RIM , Smartphone , Software | 1 comment


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Research in Motion yesterday introduced App World, the BlackBerry version of Apple's App Store. The service will allow users to buy and install applications for their BlackBerries.

There will be free applications available, but the lowest pricing point is set at $2.99. The reason is most likely that RIM is trying to keep low quality apps out of their store. Other pricing points will be $1 increments from $2.99 to $19.99 and $10 increments between $19.99 and $99.99. The maximum price for an app is $999.99.

For people who wish to develop applications for the BlackBerry, there is a $200 submission fee, which will be refunded if the app is rejected. The fee applies to both free and paid apps, so I don't think we'll be seeing many free ones in the App World because of this.

Unlike Apple, which only has the iPhone and iPod Touch to worry about, RIM will have a problem getting the apps to work on all BlackBerry devices. The App World will only work on devices running BlackBerry OS 4.2+ that feature a trackball or a SurePress touchscreen. You'll also need a PayPal account to purchase apps.

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by tom on Mar 5, 2009

as far as I know, Apple has no submission fee for free applications. if they're going to clone the app store, why not do it properly?

let's just hope we'll get good business apps out of this, I'd hate to see the BB version of ibeer on the app world