BlackBerry in-app payments - What are they?

By Bla1ze on 7 Feb 2011 10:46 am EST
In app payments - What are they?

With the announcement of Blackberry App World 2.1 also came the integration of in-app payments as part of its feature set as well as the intorduction of the Blackberry Payment Services SDK. This is something that is awesome for developers and Blackberry App World vendors although, many folks out there are still somewhat lost on what it all means to them as consumers. If you fit into that area, keep reading for a better explanation of what in-app payments are.

As many of you may have experienced before, sometimes purchasing applications on the BlackBerry platform is not as fluid as it could be. Despite the efforts developers and vendors put in to making it better it's still not an optimal experience at all points. One such example of this is downloading a free trial of an application. In most cases vendors will offer a free trial version and then once the trial is up, if you decide as though you wish to purchase the application you have to delete it then proceed to purchase, download and install the paid version. In this instance, if in-app payments was enabled once the application free trial was up a user could just simply click on a menu and then be taken to a screen where you can enter in your credit card, PayPal information or confirm carrier billing and then be issued a activation code without the need to re-download the "paid" version of said app.

Although that is just one example of how in-app payments can be used there is plenty more use cases for the service. What it all really breaks down to for end-users is that you benefit by getting the things you want or need easier, faster and more securely while developers and vendors have a better method of collecting their payments, advertising for their offerings. Whether it be additional levels, costumes or premium content in games or be it a monthly subscription to your favorite digital magazine. When all is said and done, the user advantages over time will go un-noticed and having to not leave your app to purchase upgrades of any sort will be just become the norm. However to developers and vendors of applications, the long term effects of adding in-app payments will be lasting as they now have a new avenue to promote and sell premium add-ons to their offerings.

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Reader comments

BlackBerry in-app payments - What are they?


I guess the only concern I have is for safety and forwardness about what is being charged and so on. I could see where this would allow shady companies to try and pull a fast one on people by offering this sort of thing, especially with the carrier billing option.

Though it will be nice to mainstream everything, I've never needed an easier and faster way to spend my money ;)

All Purchases are handled by RIM in BlackBerry AppWorld to avoid these sorts of problems. While it is "in-app" the confirmation GUI and processing is handled by AppWorld instead to prevent this kind of abuse...

I would like to see improvements for BB app world. However each time they try to do something other issues arise.

On the other hand, Mobihand is user friendly, prompt with customer service (which is pretty much unknown with BB). They could take a lesson from Mobihand.

I totally agree. I've never had any issues with Mobihand that were not solved quickly and without hassle. I can't say that for BB App World. Just like everything else with BB, if you're lucky enough to even get a response, it takes several days to even be acknowledged. Mobihand, on the other hand (ar ar ar), responds within hours, and ALWAYS solve any issue(s).

It took me about a weeks worth of head hunting to get the quick launch activation code from app world. they would point the finger at the developer, then the developer would point it at BB app world and it went on and on.

App world refunded after failing to deliver the activation code to me, then I bought quick launch through CB's website... for half the price!

App world takes your $ very promptly with paypal, but their customer service needs some work!