[Interest] Indie Mobil Program terminated?

Bob Hood bhood2 at comcast.net
Thu Jul 2 17:07:49 CEST 2015


On 7/2/2015 8:44 AM, Igor Mironchik wrote:
> On 02.07.2015 17:21, Daniel Fran├ža wrote:
>> >> This news sounds like a good week for Xamarin
>> Indeed
>
> Stop guys...

No, they have a valid point.  I had not even heard about Xamarin until they 
posted this, and after looking, it looks like Xamarin is a legitimate 
competitor to what the Qt Company intended with its Indie license.

Dropping the $25/month ($300/year) indie program for a $350/month ($4200/year) 
full license program seems completely counter intuitive to me.  Could somebody 
explain the rationale for that one?  As was pointed out previously, Qt is not 
really a visible player in the mobile market, and dropping that program--even 
though you didn't have what you would consider sufficient interest--will not 
get you there when you are now charging an order of magnitude more, twice what 
your nearest competitor (Xamarin) is charging for their most expensive plan.

On the surface, this looks like it was a horrid marketing decision.  If you 
are serious about market penetration, instead of withdrawing, you actually 
should have gotten more aggressive.
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