Voda Opens Up 360 Shop Access Via JIL

David Murphy

Vodafone is enabling developers to publish applications to the Vodafone 360 Shop through the website. The announcement marks the next milestone in the progression of the Joint Innovation Lab (JIL) partnership, enabling developers to use open web technologies to create, monetise and distribute apps to customers with JIL-enabled handsets.
Developers can choose to select from one, some or all of the selected markets for each app they publish. Developers can select from 20 price points ranging from 0.49 to 9.99 (0.49 to 9.99 in the UK) and set separate prices for each Vodafone market. A standard 70/30 revenue share is offered, with developers paid monthly, approximately 60 days after the end of the month in which revenue was earned. Vodafone can pay developers in Euros, British pounds or US dollars.
Developers apps will be reviewed within 10 business days. Accepted apps become available in the Vodafone 360 Shop for the local markets the developer has selected immediately. Reports available on enable developers to see how many downloads or sales each app has had at each price point in each market. Both daily and monthly reports are available. For paid apps, there are additional monthly reports, showing the revenue share split and any applicable tax calculations, as well as invoices and remittance reports, detailing and confirming payment.
Apps published to the Vodafone 360 shop are supported by 50 different handsets, including the Vodafone 360 H1 and M1 phones from Samsung, and many Symbian/ S60 phones from Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung.  Developers can choose to select from one, some or all device classes for each app they publish. Because apps published through are based on HTML, CSS and JavaScript, developers will be able to design apps that scale across a range of phone models. 
Vodafone has also launched - a dedicated site providing developers with information on the Vodafone 360 platform, including technical guidelines to consider when building a mobile app.
Through the site, we are providing developers with simple upload methods, a transparent review process and greater insight, thanks to enabled country-specific market and pricing information, says Lee Epting, Director of Content Services at Vodafone Group. Combined with our new dedicated site, we can help developers quickly tailor their apps to local markets, making them more relevant and generating more downloads.