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    signing costs

    1. Our company planing development of 4 applications for mobile phones that will be used internally by our employees. Each app. will have new releases (added features, bug fixing) appx. every 2 weeks. Estimated development time 18 months. Now we have to decide: Symbian 9 or some microsoft alternative.
    Summary calculations around signing costs (useless for our internal use):
    280 $ signing + 20 $ wasted developer time for it = 300 $ / application
    300*2*4*18=43200 $

    The mobile solution is going to use appx. 40 employees.
    Now e.g. the Qtek 9100 Pocket PC market price: 750$, 750*40=30000$

    Who can say me any advantage of Symbian 9 solution instead of Windows Mobile?

    2. How the test house can test our applications if it works only in connection to our inhouse firewalled servers using WLAN?
    Last edited by developer123; 2006-01-31 at 08:57.

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    Re: signing costs

    Does the app need to be signed in the first place (is it calling APIs requiring privileged capabilities)?

    Does the whole app need to be signed, or just a stable core part (with the frequently changing bits delivered as unsigned installation files)? In other words, can you structure the app so that only those parts truly needing signing are signed?

    You could also write app using MIDP Java, instead of C++ (different signing process/mechanism, Java Verified, if needed at all for your app).

    In any case, you probably should send Symbian Signed -related questions to: symbiansigned@symbian.com (no reason not to post answers you receive for others here, though).

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    Re: signing costs

    Thanks for answer.
    Your suggestions have some good points, but it is not a solution.
    Yes, its calling APIs requiring privileged capabilities. It is very uncomfortable for developers to be limited in applications architecture just because of well-organized modules are "expensive".
    “..MIDP Java” – …(it must be symbian c++ in our case - "low level" functionality..)

    I think, the nokia people who are involved in this Symbian 9 stuff has some good arguments and advise for this kind of case like my. I will be very happy to read at least one of them here. Nokia Forum Experts! Your opinion!


    P.S “How the test house can test our applications if it works only in connection to our in-house firewalled servers using WLAN?” – this should be easy answer as well for any Nokia Expert…

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    Re: signing costs

    Just remember, you are likely to have the same signing issues with Windows Mobile devices that have a radio stack.

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...e_security.asp

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    Re: signing costs

    What about UIQ3?.. If we will support our applications for those phones? 43200$*2 = 86400$ ! Wow!

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