For a limited time, Palm is waiving the $99 annual fee to apply for a developer account. Clearly, the company is taking steps to get more developers on board. Eliminating the developer fee is a good step and perhaps a low-cost developer GSM model as part of the Palm Developer Purchase Program will help move things along. The company has also extended the deadline to June 30th, 2010 for their $1 million Hot Apps promotion.
The $99 fee has never been required to get access to the SDK, but does enable developers entry into the App Catalog. It’s similar to Apple’s iPhone OS Developer pricing structure.
This is a limited time offer, so if you’re thinking about creating that next great webOS app, you might want to jump on this opportunity to become a part of the developer program.