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Are App Stores Evil?

Oct 13, 2009, 19:33 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Frank Ableson)

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"I was recently speaking to a client for whom I develop and support mobile applications. The primary question was: "how do we price the application? If we distribute it through the application store for free and charge on the back-end, do we have to give (unnamed third party goes here) a cut of the revenue?"

"My client has had a handful of successful applications running on RIM's Blackberry devices for a number of years. Their applications are geared toward the professional services marketplace: consultants, accountants, attorneys, etc. Some clients are small shops with less than a dozen users. Others are multi-national firms with thousands of mobile users. And of course they see everyone in between.

"The software works great — clients pay for it and everyone is happy. Over the years the pricing and licensing model has evolved with the market. Sometimes the software is licensed by the user, and other clients may pay a site license. They can do what they feel is necessary to make the sale. They can even give it away or do a custom build for a client if that is what it takes to land the business. Sometimes standing on your head actually works!"

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