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Is it Possible to sell iphone web apps?

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Ive made a web app and I want to sell it, I have a web page for the product and am now wondering what to do next. Can one sell web apps, can a user download the web app to their iphone? Some of the problems would be, how to add security to the web app, I need to protect my application from being copied by people that haven't bought a legit copy, just what can I do? Demos for the application, or sampling the program some how, what are people doing here? Also handling the payments and an automatic download for those that have paid for the product, whats available here? Also the program I used to make my web app exported the app as html pages and directories. Say the program was called, happy day, it made a directory called happy day, then inside it we have a bunch of html files, the one that launched it is called index.html. Now I find this all a bit messy, it would be nice if these files could be rolled into one file that one clicks to launch the program, I'm not sure how others have got their web apps set up. Do they combine them all into one file, one program launcher, how do they add security to prevent piracy, how do they handle payments and downloads? Any information to point me out in the right direction would be appreciated.

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iPhone webapps are not downloaded to the phone, instead they reside on your servers and are accessed over the web. Given this, you are able to sell accounts, micro-transactions, pretty much any method of monetising a browser based game.

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Ahh I see. Has anyone ever made money from web apps, apart from free apps that have ads.

*Given this, you are able to sell accounts, micro-transactions, pretty much any method of monetising a browser based game.*

Id like to hear more about whats available in services to do this, Im at a loss on that part.

I think what Ill do is have a years access to the web app, what are my options, how can I sell a years access to the app, whats available to me.

I'm thinking the customer gets access to the web app for say 12 months. I want to know what services are available so I can do this.

They must be able to give the subscriber access, collect the payments and protect the access of the product, I don't want people downloading the product and then giving it out, I know you cannot save web apps on iphone, but a PC user could potentially download it to their PC, and then put it on a web site for free.


[Edited by - Abbadon on January 22, 2009 1:13:07 PM]

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