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Posts: 72
Registered: ‎03-14-2009
My Device: Not Specified

Smartphone Loaner Program

Hi,

 

does anyone know what it costs to use the smartphone loaner program for BlackBerry Alliance members (besides the costs for the membership)?

 

Thx,

Michael

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

Re: Smartphone Loaner Program

There are also cloud based devices such as http://www.perfectomobile.com/. There are others as well. Never used them, but I have looked into them. Might be a cheaper alternative??
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Posts: 72
Registered: ‎03-14-2009
My Device: Not Specified

Re: Smartphone Loaner Program

I'll use cloudbased services (the current Perfectomobil at $4/hour for BlackBerry is quite good) but they can't replace the real hardware - it's only good enough to do some additional compatibility tests.

 

F.i. it's quite impossible to create and test a decent userinterface for touchscreens if you only use the mouse during development because it's so much easier to hit small spots and you don't have the huge area hidden by your fingers.

Well it may be possible for some simple apps built using standard UI controls, but as a game developer I have to constantly do tests on the real devices (I've bought more than 100 phones since I do mobile game development so I spent quite a lot of money - which I'd love to reduce if there's a reasonable way :-)).

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

Re: Smartphone Loaner Program

If you have a lot of older phones, you could use something like http://flipswap.com/ and use the cash to buy newer phones.