The Apple iPhone has the App Store. The T-Mobile G1 has the Android Market. And now, we can officially usher in the era of an app store for BlackBerry devices. Here is BlackBerry App World.
We had known for some time that some variant of the app store would be made available to owners of BlackBerry devices, like the Storm and the Bold, but now it’s here and we’ve managed to find some of its early details.
For starters, you’ll need a BlackBerry smartphone running OS 4.2.0 or higher. If you’ve got an older Berry, you may need to go through an upgrade process before you can buy the new apps. Second, the online marketplace will only be opening its doors to users in the US, Canada, and the UK initially. Further still, payment will only work through PayPal, so you’ll need one of those accounts too.
In terms of pricing, the BlackBerry App World does allow for free applications, but the cheapest paid app has to be US$2.99. From there, they go up in one dollar increments to $19.99. Then there are $10 increments to $99.99, $50 tiers to $599.99, and $100 tiers to $999.99. Yes, RIM is fine with thousand dollar “I am Rich, Berry!” apps.
For more information, check out the official BlackBerry App World page on BlackBerry.com.