I know a few of us here on ZDNet are hard at work on iPhone 3G and iPhone application articles and one aspect of the new Apple iPhone Application store that struck me immediately was that there are no trial versions of the commercial software. One of the major benefits for me that gets me using and eventually buying mobile software applications is the ability to try a full, or even limited, version for 14 to 30 days on my devices to see if the application truly fits my needs and is worth the cost. There are NO trial applications that I can find on the iPhone Application store.
Granted, the applications mostly range from something like US$3 to US$9.99, but if you want to buy a lot of applications like Jason plans to do then you will have to fork over some substantial cash. This is another reason I am not going to be so quick to jump on the iPhone 3G. Then again, out of the 15 or so applications I have already downloaded and played with nearly all of them require an internet connection so the iPhone 3G may actually make the 3rd party application experience even better.