Funambol CEO Fabrizio Capiobanco definitely thinks open source contributors should be compensated for their time and effort -- at least for the plug-ins and functionality in most demand from his customers.
Similar to the growing "crowdsourcing" trend, in which companies turn to consumers for new product development ideas, the open source mobile software company announced the Funambol Community Code Sniper Program. Via the program, open source developers can be awarded up to $2,000 for expanding the mobile functionality of several personal information managers.
If you're interested, the Enterprise Open Source Magazine piece we read indicates there are a few hoops to jump through, the first of which is that you must choose from the specific projects listed. The article also provides a Web address for more information.