How much does it cost to develop a mobile app?

In the past two years, the app market has exploded. In under 9 months the Apple store reported over a billion downloads, and then doubled that number in half the time. The app craze has spread to Android, Blackberry, and every other mobile market under the sun.

And for good reason. Having an app for your business or promotion or whatever it may be can be a game changingmarketing tool to drive traffic and revenue. On the highest end of the spectrum, you see Angry Birds making $50M off a simple game. Then you also see people who put out basic free apps and still get thousands of downloads for doing nothing. A lot of conversations I’ve had in the past year don’t even talk about apps because the client thinks it’s clearly going to be too expensive and they have no idea where to even start.

The good news? It’s not as expensive as you think and it’s really not hard to start.

Let’s talk about what goes into getting an app developed.

At mobaires, we’re in the business of connecting people with ideas for mobile apps and make them real.  In the process, we get lots of questions about app development.  Probably the number one question we get is “how much does it cost to develop a mobile app?”  If I had a nickel for every time we’ve had that question … well, I wouldn’t quit my day job, but I would probably make the baristas at my local coffee shop at lot happier.

So, what does it cost to develop a mobile app?  That’s a lot like asking how much does it cost to buy a car or build a house – it depends on what kind of car you’re buying or house you’re building.  That cool-looking Cube costs a lot less than an Italian sports car.  A modest house in the Midwest costs a lot less to build than a modest house in Palo Alto.  Still, it is possible to give some rough guidelines on app development costs.

Alex Ahlund, former CEO of AppVee, and later an advisor to Appolicious, wrote a guest blog article about app sales.  According to that article, a survey of 96 mobile app developers showed the average cost to develop an app was $6,453.  An article on OS X Daily about iPhone Development Costs reported that the development cost range for “small apps” is $3,000 to $8,000 and that “more complex or recognized brand apps” can cost $50,000 to $150,000.  A well-written article on explored The Cost of Building an iPad App and suggested the development costs (as compared to design and other costs) range from $12,000 to $150,000 or more.

That sounds like a lot.  And it is.  But if you consider that the average app developer in the US charges around $100 per hour, the time required to code even a “simple” app quickly pushes the cost up.  Could you go offshore and get a developer for a much lower hourly rate?  Sure you can and you should for early stages of your business or just to complement what your US-based developers do. But be careful not every software offshoring company in the world could make an outstanding mobile app just for a couple of coins. Not. You have to be very specific with the provider and ask for him the proper credentials.

We in mobaires are ready to give success stories, credentials, testimonials from other US clients and every little thing you could need to evaluate an outsourced software provider. We’ve been working for startups and mid size business since 2010 and we are sure that’s not the price we have to create a mobile app.

If you want to know how much does it cost to develop a mobile app just fill out our quote request form.

The only sure way to find out what it will cost to get your app idea developed is to get some quotes from experienced app developers.  They can discuss the details of your idea with you and give you a pretty good idea of what it will cost.  Getting three quotes is helpful as it will give you an idea if a quote is too high (or too low, which can be just as bad).  Whatever you do, Don’t Pay to Train an App Developer.


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