We let you all know yesterday that RIM has finally dropped the $20 charge for code signing keys for BlackBerry developers. That price used to once be $100 and then went down to $20 a year or two ago. The thing was even at that price it still took RIM about 48 hours to get you the keys from when you ordered them. I even had one friend who had to wait over 5 days for a key.
I signed up for a key at 8:22AM yesterday and I had the keys in my inbox by 4pm the same day. While you may think that 7+ hours is a long time to wait for code signing keys but its miles better than the two code signing keys I paid $20 for a year ago which took about 2 days to get. I did some research and Mark Sohm, BlackBerry Development Advisor on their forums, mentioned that this new free code signing key process lets them get keys out within one business day. Sadly it does not look like they have found a way to automate the process but they did cut the timeline significantly.
So if you were planning to develop a BlackBerry PlayBook app for RIM’s giveaway then I would start filling up the form ASAP to get your Tablet OS signing keys. You can request them at: