RIM let us know at DevCon that they will be waiving registration and submission fees for App World. The offer is only for a vague “limited time” but it includes both new and current App World developers. I think this is a great push for RIM to get developers to create and submit apps and further lowers the barrier to entry. I heard a rumor that if the program takes off they will make it permanent.
The exact wording for the offer is:
BlackBerry App World limited time offer: registration and submission fees are waived.
While they were presenting one of the RIM reps mentioned that BlackBerry Code Signing keys would also be free for a limited time but I cannot find any confirmation of that. I will update the post if I find more.