Back at the last BlackBerry Developer Conference, RIM announced that they would waive all the fees for registering and deploying apps to App World. The move made a lot of sense and really helped RIM get increased interest from developers. There was also a bit of a downside, as App World became flooded with BlackBerry Themes, which aren’t exactly apps. In a similar move, RIM has made the signing keys, which used to cost $20, free for the Tablet and Smartphone OS.
According to the site:
BlackBerry Code Signing Keys are now free! Why do we require a valid credit card?
We require a $1 authorization to ensure the validity of the information provided. The authorization only decreases your spending limit by $1 for a short period and you are never charged the $1.
At this point, it’s not clear why a developer would even need a signing key. Perhaps the next step will be to do away with the signing keys altogether.