In the run-up to the launch of the Ovi Store I've tried endlessly to find an answer to a simple question: If I am an independent developer working on a Symbian app (WRT app/widget in my case), will I be able to publish on the Ovi Store? While my inquiries have gone largely unanswered, from searching forums and such it seems the answer is going to be a resounding "NO".
Nokia/Symbian already make proper application development difficult if not impossible for non-corporate entities - the fees required for testing and signing can be prohibitively expensive for an individual - especially if they're developing a FREEWARE app! Not to mention the fact that an individual simply cannot get a Publisher ID.
Do the minds at Nokia think that only commercially developed applications are worth using/publishing? Some of the most fantastic apps I use on a daily basis are freeware or made by independent developers. There are many great free apps - Gmail, Google Maps, Qik, etc, but these are all from corporate entities so it's easy for them to sign/distribute the apps.
By treating independent developers like second-class citizens, Nokia is going to push developers away and towards other platforms such as iPhone, Windows Mobile, Android, etc.
Why no love for indie developers???