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RIM enables purchases through the BlackBerry App World website

By Bla1ze on 20 Oct 2010 12:23 pm EDT
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We've known since around September 9th that this was coming but, until now BlackBerry App World has remained unchanged. At some point, Research In Motion has changed up the BlackBerry App World website and you can now purchase and download apps directly from the BlackBerry App World website. In addition to purchasing and downloading the apps, you can also adjust your My World account so that it syncs with your BlackBerry smartphone. If you delete an application online, that deletion will be reflected on your device.

You'll be required to download a Windows installer in order to get everything to work right but, that's minimal considering what you can do with it once installed. However, at this time it appears that using Windows is the only supported method as it advises me on my MacBook that I'm using an unsupported OS. When it comes to paying for your apps, you have a few choices as well. You can choose PayPal, Credit card or carrier billing provided your carrier supports it. Pretty cool overall, the ability to sync your apps with your device is pretty awesome. Give it a shot and let us know what you all think about it.

Hat tip: BerryReview

Reader comments

RIM enables purchases through the BlackBerry App World website

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Why would you need to? That's what the download is for. It installs the app to your device with no need to open DM really.

On second thought, it aint that bad. I wiped my device earlier without backing up my apps, this made it MUCH easier to install them.

I just finished using it. Not bad, nice little option. I was hoping there was a way I could have loaded apps onto a Storm I don't use anymore but I'm getting an error saying I can't switch devices. My current phone is a 9650, I was just trying to see if my 9530 could get synced up. It worked for a second and loaded App World 2.0, then just stopped working.

So how will you block the ability to have carrier billing? For example I don't mind my users visiting the app store and paying for apps they want to shell out for personally but how will we block the one guy that decides to order NFL Themes for example and selects to just bill it to the number?

this is where the blackberry ID's will come in. If you are running the current version of App world on your phone, u will have had to create a blackberry user ID.

The blackberry user ID will be linked to both the desktop and smartphone versions of your app world so not unless you give out your login credentials, nobody should be able to just randomly type out a phone number and bill purchases to it

Sorry, what I was going after was the user would be just billing apps to his number which is in turn on a corporate plan along with forty other devices. I can just see my accounting department going wild over staff buying apps that they'll have to find on our carrier's invoice each month. Granted our company policy states users are not to download and install apps not approved by I.S. but i'd prefer to just have the pay by number option unavailable.

Sorry, what I was going after was the user would be just billing apps to his number which is in turn on a corporate plan along with forty other devices. I can just see my accounting department going wild over staff buying apps that they'll have to find on our carrier's invoice each month. Granted our company policy states users are not to download and install apps not approved by I.S. but i'd prefer to just have the pay by number option unavailable.

finally got around to downloading it. It turns out i don't have the carrier billing option online either. I never had that option on my phone to begin with and i use Tmobile(only have credit card and paypal options available). Even though it is a RIM option, my carrier does not support carrier billing

My guess is once logged in to the internet app world version, you will only have the same options as you already do on the smartphone version.

Hey RIM, what about allow App world to whole world? In our case Czech republic! I don't understand to this discrimination!

Site is sluggish. Got an error when trying to change the sort criteria. Logged in then was told my session expired 2 seconds later.

Testing how this works by installing the Flickr app, was sent to a login page even though I was logged in. I log back in and get a "404 Page not found" error.

After going through that process again (yeah, had to login yet again) it gives me a plugin error, something about there's no free version or my device is not supported.

So it requires a browser plugin and a device to be connected via USB. FAIL.

What a POS. I'll continue to use Home to Phone or the QR code on the pages.

Way to make a shitty web-based app store RIM. Throw this garbage away with that stupid traffic app you had in the Beta Zone...and oh yeah, kill that too.

Who the heck is in charge over there?

after second crash requiring battery pull (currently resetting) i give up. more assurance that when its time for a new phone that it wont be a blackberry. cant rim get stuff to work? oh yeah, i have a storm 2 which they gave up on supporting after less than a year...