Currently RIM is working on a new Advertising Service SDK that will allow developers to easily create ad supported applications. I have always been curious to see how ad supported app profits compare to paid apps and have yet to find any good data for BlackBerry apps. We did manage to find some recent data that for Android apps developers can make a comparable amount with ad supported versions of their applications.
Engadget found that back in Feb of 2009 Arron La released one of the first paid Android apps. A 99 cent task manager. 9 months later he released a ad supported version of the same app. The results is that since then both versions have contributed the same $30,000 to his payday. There is no mention on if there are an equal amount of users for both but I doubt that. On the other hand my guess is that the large influx of users you get from offering a free ad supported version makes up for the difference.
What do you think? Would you rather use an ad supported application or just pay 99 cents for it? Thanks David!