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RIM has sign up page for users to get notified when it goes live for the public

One of the things that makes the iPhone such a useful and popular device has nothing to do with the smartphone itself. Rather it has to do with the well-supported and vast number of apps that are available to add features and content to the iPhone.

The App Store is also making Apple a large amount of money with analysts predicting last year that the App Store could become a billion dollar business for Apple. With such high expectations and profitability, coming from the App Store it's no surprise that other smartphone makers are trying to emulate the App Store's success, just as they have tried to copy the success of the iPhone.

RIM has announced that its new application store for the Blackberry smartphone will be called BlackBerry App World and went live for developers on March 4. The new storefront is similar to the App Store and Google's Android Market and allows developers to provide apps for Blackberry devices for free and apps that cost money.

EWeek reports that RIM has set up a sign-up page for Blackberry users that want to be notified when the App Store opens for the public. RIM issued a press release stating in part, "RIM plans to launch the application storefront in March 2009 and BlackBerry application developers can begin submitting their applications and content for inclusion in the storefront in December 2008. The storefront will allow developers to set their own prices for applications and developers will retain 80 percent of the revenue generated from their applications. RIM is working with PayPal, a leading global online payment service, to provide consumers with a convenient and trusted way to pay for applications within the new application storefront, right from their BlackBerry smartphone."

RIM isn't giving any sort of time frame for the public launch of the BlackBerry App World and it would be safe to assume the launch date will vary depending on how quickly developers provide apps for the storefront.

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Apple to Patent DLC Stores
By davemang on 3/5/2009 1:24:54 PM , Rating: 5
Apple should patent the Digital Download Store idea, it would probably make them more money than the multi-touch patent.

RE: Apple to Patent DLC Stores
By Murloc on 3/5/2009 1:43:04 PM , Rating: 2
don't write this on a public place, they could see it and think it's a good idea.

RE: Apple to Patent DLC Stores
By Chudilo on 3/5/2009 2:18:00 PM , Rating: 2
They might copyright the concept of an online store while they're at it.

RE: Apple to Patent DLC Stores
By erikejw on 3/6/2009 8:56:21 AM , Rating: 2
They seem to climb back after the RIMjob they got from Apple ;)

RE: Apple to Patent DLC Stores
By Zshazz on 3/5/2009 3:03:57 PM , Rating: 3
Eh, I just got the patent for life. I figure I'll be nice and only charge 1 cent per life. So, there's maybe (conservatively, of course) 10 trillion cells in one person's body, so I figure everyone on the planet owes me at least $1 billion each.

Wewt. Take that Steve Jobs! BTW, you owe me too :D

RE: Apple to Patent DLC Stores
By dani31 on 3/6/2009 3:47:11 AM , Rating: 2
Apple should patent the Digital Download Store idea, it would probably make them more money than the multi-touch patent.

If I am not mistaken Nokia and SE had that since like forever.

And Apple doesn't have a patent on multi-touch gestures, it has a patent on the software algorithm of using multi-touch to interact with the OS.

Patents must be given only to protect a company's R&D investment, not ideas that were available to anyone free of cost.

$2.99 minimum
By taber on 3/5/2009 6:11:23 PM , Rating: 2
This article omits what I thought was one of the more interesting details, after free apps the minimum price that can be set is $2.99.

I've got mixed feelings about this. From a developer's perspective it means they get more payout per install, but it could drastically reduce the number of installs overall. I put a dollar in a vending machine nearly every day for a Mountain Dew and wouldn't be disappointed if I bought a crap app at that price. However, when you bump that price up to $3, I could suddenly be buying a 32 oz beer at happy hour.

Shane's intros...
By jiteo on 3/5/2009 11:00:55 PM , Rating: 2
I think I have yet to see a Shane introduction without "one of" ;)

By QueBert on 3/6/2009 2:22:26 PM , Rating: 2
I for one am glad RIM decided to launch this app store before they did something stupid like... I dunno, offer a Vista 64 Bit compatible version of their media sync software. So now I won't be able to xfer music/pics to my phone but I can overpay for apps! $2.99 being the cheapest after the free ones is retarded. I bet we'll see next to no free ones. I have about 30 .99 apps on my Touch, and will probably buy a few dozen more by years end. I love the thought of paying 3 times as much for similar apps.

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