Paid apps at the BlackBerry App World will have a minimum price of three bucks.
It costs money to submit to the store, too, which could impact the kind of freebie that appears.
That RIM thinks it’s in a position to pre-emptively curate the sort of Apps that are practical to develop for its store suggests that it hasn’t really ever accepted that Apple is a serious competitor. Its heart isn’t in it.
Given how arbitrary Apple is about what gets in and what doesn’t, it’s depressing that no-one’s been able to whip up an ecosystem that’s even half as attractive.
This presents an opportunity for carriers, but those guys are even dumber: they already have app stores, and they’re so awful that you don’t even know your phone can access them. Sprint has a weather application you can rent by the month on your Java-equipped phone. It tells you what the weather is.