ScreamingToaster has made a few BlackBerry apps that are available in App World they have an interesting blog post on the cost of mobile app development. The post attempts to dispel some myths about the development process as well as shine some light on the costs of developing a smartphone app. One of the more interesting parts of the analysis is a breakdown of the three types of people you will meet as a mobile development shop for hire:
1. People who think that mobile development should cost no more than $5-10K, regardless of what their requirements are (because their requirements are always ‘simple’, so they claim).
2. People who think that web views that pass for mobile apps should cost between $10-20K. These people are being taken for rides by a lot of ‘consulting’ companies.
3. People who think that mobile development should cost over $250K for any mobile project. Some lucky consulting companies (who have very few customers) are getting very lucky from this group of people.
Figuring out what to pay to have your mobile app developed depends on a lot of factors and determining what to charge is equally difficult. Read the post for the full analysis of app development costs and factors.