Sunday, March 08, 2009

More on the Blackberry app store

"The iPhone fanatics are already hard at work trying to dismiss and belittle it, but BlackBerry's new application store has some real potential. But before we condemn RIM for "copying" Apple, let's be realistic here. An application store for smartphone applications is just a good idea, and there is no reason why Apple should have the only one.

The pricing is different, which is causing some initial concern, since there will be no 99 cent apps on the BlackBerry App World. Instead, there are several pricing tiers, starting at $2.99. And yes, prices are a bit higher, but it's likely that the apps available will be of a whole different character. BlackBerry apps available on the site will be more business- and commerce-focused, rather than frivolous and fun, which is a big theme of many of the iPhone apps. Mind you, I like frivolous and fun, but would definitely pay a couple more dollars for an app that could actually help my business. "

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