Forget PayPal? BlackBerry App World 2.0 to take on carrier billing

BlackBerry App World 2.0 could very soon be able to add the cost of your BlackBerry app downloads to your monthly phone bill.

Ever since Research In Motion Co-CEO Jim Balsillie announced the road map for BlackBerry App World 2.0, we've been waiting to hear the magic words "carrier billing" as a payment option. According to some online reports on Wednesday, that time may be at hand.

We've heard that while BlackBerry App World 2.0 will still offer PayPal as a billing option for commercial apps, RIM will drop the requirement to captain a PayPal account. Instead, RIM will reportedly work with carriers to add the cost of a downloaded app or game to the monthly phone bill. When Balsillie first announced it, RIM planned to roll out monthly recurring charges in 2011.

Other purported enhancements include support for QR bar codes (a la Google's Android) and a search function that's received some back-end tuning.

We also hear tales of a BlackBerry ID that would facilitate transferring the content of one BlackBerry phone to another. There's already some similar functionality in the My World portion of the App World, which tracks your downloads and deletions through the App World app and helps you reinstall them on the same or different devices.

Also on Balsillie's road map last April was the promise of more enterprise apps in the App World catalog, and free and paid catalogs for all countries that App World currently supports.

RIM has events focused on the App World scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, so the official word could come as early as Wednesday afternoon.

(Via PhoneScoop)

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