New information from ABI Research reveals that 17 percent of smartphone users spent between $100 and $500 on mobile applications in 2008. The numbers are considered significant given that most mobile applications cost between 99 cents and $25, reports PC Magazine.
According to the survey, Apple's low cost applications are seen as detrimental to the market. While the low costs are beneficial to users, they hurt developers, says this PC World article. Developers are often forced to sell a high-volume of low priced application or fewer of higher-priced application. Removing Apple's storefront from the mix, mobile applications run between $7 and $25.