BlackBerry App World priced apps start at $2.99, sounds good to me

BlackBerry App World priced apps start at $2.99, sounds good to me

Summary: After I wrote about the naming and further information of BlackBerry App World, Kevin emailed me about some information found in the developer information that he found a bit shocking. There is a tier for free applications in the App World, but the minimum price for paid apps is US$2.99 with tiers up to $999.99.

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After I wrote about the naming and further information of BlackBerry App World, Kevin emailed me about some information found in the developer information that he found a bit shocking. There is a tier for free applications in the App World, but the minimum price for paid apps is US$2.99 with tiers up to $999.99.

I personally think this pricing tier chart is just fine since I firmly believe that developers of quality applications deserve a fair price. I think Apple screwed up by allowing way too many 99 cent applications that has left many buyers expecting to pay this measly fee for quality apps. Have any of these iPhone buyers ever purchased applications for Windows Mobile or Palm? Applications for these older mobile operating systems were commonly priced at $19.95 or more and for quality applications people were willing to pay these fees. I think iPhone applications are priced too low in almost all cases and have no qualms about paying $10 or more for a quality application.

People regularly pay $3 to $5 for a cup of coffee or $6 to $8 for a single meal at a fast food restaurant so why can't you pay that same price for an application that you use on your mobile device all the time? Don't you think applications are more valuable than a simply drink or single meal?

Do you think the $2.99 minimum price for paid applications is unreasonable for BlackBerry devices?

Topics: BlackBerry, Hardware, Mobility

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  • Free Market

    "I think Apple screwed up by allowing way too many 99 cent applications that has left many buyers expecting to pay this measly fee for quality apps. Have any of these iPhone buyers ever purchased applications for Windows Mobile or Palm? Applications for these older mobile operating systems were commonly priced at $19.95 or more..."

    So now RIM being even more restrictive than Apple is a good thing? Apple created a market by directly connecting thousands of developers with millions of iPhone owners. Let the the market decide the value of apps.

    No developer should complain if their $19.95 app is inferior to a 99 cent app or (shockingly!) a free app. The value of an app shouldn't be determined by the developer or store, but rather by what the consumer is willing to pay. If a developer can't compete with that, there are plenty of others willing to fill the void.

    And don't forget that apps sold for $19.95 on other platforms will sell for 99 cents on the iPhone and still generate more revenue for the developer. In fact, take a look at identical apps that are sold for the iPhone, WM, Blackberry, etc., and you'll find they are almost always less expensive on the iPhone for that reason.
    rynning
  • BlappWorld takes the fun out of Apps

    I have spent up to 12 GBP on a single app in the AppStore,
    but some of the most useful and fun applications have
    been in the 0.99 - 2.59 GBP price range.

    The apps include Bebot, an innovative micro-synth, SlotZ
    Racer, Frogger, Voxie voice recording, London Tube travel
    assistant, Yahtzee, Toy Bot Diaries, miniSynth, Crazy
    Tanks, a four track recorder (59p, special offer), a guitar
    tuner, Enigmo (an award winning game), Cro-Mag Rally,
    Air Hockey and the essential shopping list which is used
    every day.

    If Apple had forced all those developers to either a) give
    those applications away for free or b) charge 3 GBP or more
    there would have been an outrage from bloggers and
    developers for interference in the market.

    It would have probably also meant that many of these apps
    would never have seen the light of day.

    It's a strange thing to do for RIM, as it strongly negates the
    message that Blackberry is trying to bring
    across in their consumer targeted advertising.

    Casual gamers will be disappointed, teens and people with small
    budgets will find themselves mostly restricted to free apps.

    It is also a big slap in the faces of small developers who
    would like to bring out simple, innovative applications and
    want to break into the market and now find that they
    either have to give away their work for free or overprice it.
    Ken Fegore
  • RE: BlackBerry App World priced apps start at $2.99, sounds good to me

    OMG! Is that a keyboard I see! How 90s; how RIM like.
    pjtmgt@...
  • RE: BlackBerry App World priced apps start at $2.99, sounds good to me

    Pay-Pal sounds foreign or French to me: give me VISA or it's a no-go for me !

    Doctor Neutron
    Doctor Neutron