msmobiles.com is a website dedicated to featuring Windows Mobile devices, applications and services. In an item in which a “fatal flaw” of the new Windows Mobile MarketPlace is examined, msmobiles.com says that Microsoft has committed an unpardonable sin.
Here are Microsoft’s transgressions:
Microsoft’s app store for Windows Mobile is detecting, by the way of SIM card, in which country given phone is located and is showing only apps destined for given country, not all apps
Developers are brutally (they have no choice) forced:
1. to pay 10 US dollars for each additional country where they would like to sell their apps; this per-country-fee must be paid each year on top of 99 US dollars, that also must be paid each year or apps will be removed from the store
2. to provide localized version of an app and localized (i.e. translated) descriptions
As such, users in Germany,for example, have much fewer apps available in the MarketPlace than users in the USA. One wonders how many applications will be available for Nigerian users – or if at all Nigeria will be supported in the app 😉
Anyway, msmobiles.com concludes as follows:
Conclusion: in this situation, due to the fact that Microsoft has screwed up so badly their Windows Mobile app store (called officially “Windows Marketplace for Mobile”) we have no choice but to advice users clearly: DO NOT BUY WINDOWS MOBILE PHONE. Instead we recommend iPhone or phones powered by Google Android.
Read the full details at msmobiles.com