02-08-2011 07:21 PM
I read in the guidlines for the Playbook offer (or it may have been the Terms and Conditions) that the app can not be specific to a user and/or company. Does this include an app that requires a paid pre-existing service? For example a company that provides a service for a fee and then a Playbook app that when the user credentials are entered will allow the management of that user's account for the specific company?
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02-08-2011 07:28 PM
02-08-2011 07:39 PM
From what you're describing it should be allowed. When submitting your app you have the option to pick whether it is a standalone app or whether the user will need to download software or subscribe to something elsewhere.
I don't see why RIM wouldn't let this apply, but I can't think of a general use case where this would apply either...
02-08-2011 08:04 PM
02-08-2011 08:10 PM
Wouldn't that still be available to the public? I understand what you're saying, but then also wouldn't any app that charges a fee be disqualified?
I took that stipulation as a scenario where:
Joe Smith wants Acme Company to build them an app to do a specific, proprietary purpose. Acme Company cannot submit that app to App World for the free PlayBook.
02-08-2011 08:17 PM
But it probably would not be in App World since it is proprietary. And even if it was, and you ("Joe Consumer"), downloaded it and it asked you for a login and password, then it is useless. Since I doubt the Acme company would provide a login to you. It does not benefit BB to give free PB to people making proprietary solutions. They want to expand their base with available apps to all, not apps that only certain people can use.
In terms of paid apps, Joe Consumer can still access it and use it if they pay for it. They cannot use or even demo a proprietary solution. And if I had a propritary app, I would not want the world to know about it, especially my competition.