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smiley
Posts: 1,448
Registered: ‎07-14-2008
My Device: Z10
My Carrier: Fido

Re: Free vs. Paid - license type is now permanent?

I think this is good because most devs have already included a separate trial version.

 

Also this eliminates cheaters like Droid mobile where they release the app for free and then magically have 1000s of 5 star rating and then they switch to paid to get on the top of the list.

 

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jtegen
Posts: 6,541
Registered: ‎10-27-2010
My Device: HTC One, PlayBook, LE Z10, DE Q10
My Carrier: Verizon

Re: Free vs. Paid - license type is now permanent?

@smiley: Trial versions are no longer supported BTW.
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silver20
Posts: 455
Registered: ‎03-04-2011
My Device: Paper cup

Re: Free vs. Paid - license type is now permanent?

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smiley wrote:

Also this eliminates cheaters like Droid mobile where they release the app for free and then magically have 1000s of 5 star rating and then they switch to paid to get on the top of the list.

 



Do you really think it will stop people who have figured out that it's marketing not superiority that makes money?

 

 There was more to that than just making it free.  I've made lots of apps free and there are few reviews.

 

 

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Thogek
Posts: 42
Registered: ‎01-14-2011
My Device: 9810, PlayBook
My Carrier: AT&T

Re: Free vs. Paid - license type is now permanent?

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I happened across this thread searching for help with this same issue, so for anyone else who might do the same...

 

According to https://developer.blackberry.com/devzone/appworld/choose_a_license_type.html, app vendors can submit the vendor support form to request a license-type change from free to paid or vice versa.  (Has anyone actually tried and had success with this?)

 

Seems like more trouble than it should be to make such a simple change, but at least there does appear to be a workaround for vendors who want to do so.  :-/

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rick_b_9800
Posts: 22
Registered: ‎09-22-2011
My Device: 9800 Torch
My Carrier: Airtel

Re: Free vs. Paid - license type is now permanent?

Hi Thogek,

 

You can not make a Free App paid or a Paid App Free! Period! There is no way to do so. If Rim starts taking such requests then it would be a shame on their part cause these copy cat vendors might do the same thing and there is no way you can identify anyone to be a copycat or a genuine vendor until that person shows his true colors. I guess this would be helpful for everyone of us if RIM keeps it the current way

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peter9477
Posts: 6,473
Registered: ‎12-08-2010
My Device: PlayBook, Z10
My Carrier: none

Re: Free vs. Paid - license type is now permanent?

rick_b_9800, odd that you'd write it that way given that Thogek is correctly pointing out an explicit statement from RIM in the documentation which says you CAN request a change.

Are you saying that you have positive knowledge that this documentation is incorrect?

Anyway, Thogek, I'll just note that the docs say only "request a license change from free to paid" and not the other way around. You said "or vice versa" but it doesn't seem that's necessarily true.

Peter Hansen -- (BB10 and dev-related blog posts at http://peterhansen.ca.)
Author of White Noise and Battery Guru for BB10 and for PlayBook | Get more from your battery!
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swactonp
Posts: 33
Registered: ‎12-28-2012
My Device: playbook
My Carrier: Rogers

Re: Free vs. Paid - license type is now permanent?

what a bummer!  Looks like they followed google play

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QuiteSimple
Posts: 1,452
Registered: ‎11-06-2009
My Device: Torch 9810
My Carrier: WiFi

Re: Free vs. Paid - license type is now permanent?

You can request a change from free to paid or vice versa, but this will be for sure one time request (the vendor help team won't do it for you three times a week for sure). In the past a vendor could change it whenever he/she wants, but unfortunately it causes a lot of issues with payments, downloads etc. For good or bad it is already history.



"When you become a level 3 developer, you learn to communicate over the ether. I'm told that level 5 developers are ascend into a higher level of existence beyond the physical realm." gord888 @ crackberry
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rick_b_9800
Posts: 22
Registered: ‎09-22-2011
My Device: 9800 Torch
My Carrier: Airtel

Re: Free vs. Paid - license type is now permanent?

Hi Peter, I don't have any kind of knowledge about the documentation being incorrect/ correct. I just know that for an average developer like me its good. It ensures a fair market!
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