Thank you for being so open with us!
We can hear your concerns and absolutely share them. More than that, we would be happy to keep Blynk free for developers when we are successful with commercial side. However this is a very young part of our company and we are working on that. If you have anyone interested in building connected products - please connect them with us.
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First of all, Blynk is not only a product, but it's also a service.
Secondly, we all need to shift our attitude towards software, because it’s inevitable. We are so used to pay for various services, but somehow, even being so digitalized, spending so much time dealing with software we still don’t realize that it became just another service.
We pay for a mobile phone usage every month, for TV, for heating, for food. We are so used to pay for services that we need or simply like, but still are not accepting the fact that software is the same service these days, which includes someone’s labor, servers costs, support costs and so on. Some might say: Gmail is free…well, you are paying with your personal data. But you are ready to pay with it for what? Mainly – convenience.
Imagine buying a car for a fixed price, but it won’t ride without a gas, right? I would be happy to have a car with free gas refills Or imagine all the maintenance included in the initial price.
Blynk is a product and a service
- it’s constantly developed
- it has support
- it has ongoing costs
- it incorporates your feedback
If you can spend your time on writing an app, connecting to some cloud, keeping it always up and running - this is fantastic. This is what Makers do. But remember that you always exchange your time for money. Let's say you make $40 a day and you spent 5 hours on this task (which is totally unrealistic). Then you've spent $25 already...
If you find it convenient to control your house remotely - support Blynk and make sure that the convenience continues. If you like to experiment a lot - enjoy doing that easily with Blynk. If you are bulding a commercial product - tell us what we can do for you.
We are enjoying making cool stuff together with you!