Palm Opening Pre App catalogue To Paid Apps

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Palm (PALM) is starting to let developers charge for apps in its newish WebOS App catalogue.

As is now the industry standard, Palm will give developers a 70% cut of revenues, keeping 30% for itself. It will accept Visa and MasterCard credit cards — and doesn’t seem to be using a third-party service like PayPal or a carrier partner to facilitate the transactions.

Full details still forthcoming: For example, will be interesting to see if Palm permits in-app purchases, as Apple rolled out via its iPhone 3.0 update.

Beta testing will begin next month; Palm expects to roll out the program broadly this fall.

This is the obvious next step for Palm’s budding app platform. Thanks to Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone App Store, third-party apps are an important marketing tool for smartphone hardware makers. So far, Palm has a tiny fraction of the apps available for the iPhone. But assuming Palm can keep selling phones, that will improve.

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