Inside Into In-App Purchasing with BlackBerry Payment Service 1.0

Back in January, BlackBerry recently introduced in-app purchasing with "BlackBerry Payment Service 1.0," which allows developers to create apps that offer their customers the ability to make purchases through the app using the same BlackBerry ID and payment method used to buy apps in BlackBerry App World storefront.The app is avilable as free with small […]

Back in January, BlackBerry recently introduced in-app purchasing with "BlackBerry Payment Service 1.0," which allows developers to create apps that offer their customers the ability to make purchases through the app using the same BlackBerry ID and payment method used to buy apps in BlackBerry App World storefront.

The app is avilable as free with small advertisements, and a paid version $0.99 without the advertising.

Following are types of digital goods that you can sell:

  • Digital Content can include items such as eBooks, magazines, photos, artwork, or digital property that you can use on a BlackBerry device.
  • Additional Functionality can include new features, levels, characters, or games. These digital goods can be distributed with the app and unlocked for a BlackBerry device user after a purchase. Additional functionality must always exist in the app code when you submit your app. Digital goods cannot add to or modify existing app code in any way.
  • Services can include any kind of digital service that a BlackBerry device user must pay to use.

Here're some examples of what you can't sell:

  • Virtual currencies or in-app credits – The BlackBerry Payment Service doesn't permit the sale of digital currencies or in-app credits that can be used to purchase digital goods. Using an intermediary currency to sell digital goods can cause confusion as to what exactly is being purchased.
  • Physical goods or services
  • Digital goods used across multiple apps. For e.g., you can't sell a car in one game that can be used in another game.

This post show you what you may see when you use an app with the in-app purchase, as well as showcase the levels of authentication and security. Below is an example of a purchase made through the Hockey Scores app.

BlackBerry in-app Payment Service

If you're not logged into the payment function with your BlackBerry ID, you'll be prompted to sign in -- the same as in BlackBerry App World. If you're already logged in, you won't be prompted to log in again -- but the "Confirm Purchase" screen will still appear so you see the full price and tax before the purchase happens.

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