AppCraver recently spoke with Turbo Productions the company behind the website sciphone.net. They answered our questions about being involved in the iPhone and iPod Touch community.
1. When did you start developing for the iPhone?
Turbo Productions: It all started with our iPhone wallpaper website sciphone.net. I purchased the 1st gen iPhone the day it was released, and one of the first things I did was configure my settings, my ringtone, and of course, my wallpaper. At the time, there weren’t any reputable websites with quality wallpapers for the iPhone, so I started my own. The site was a huge success only a few months after launch, and we quickly became the best place to find over 5000+ high quality iPhone wallpapers. We released mobile.sciphone a year later in conjunction with the new iPhone update on July 11th, 2008. Mobile.sciphone was one of the first web applications to take advantage of the image download functionality in the iPhone 2.0 update, and allowed our users to browse and download wallpapers straight from their iPhone / iPod touch. It was an instant hit. Our web application received a lot of praise and feedback from users around the world, and we rose to the top as Apple’s featured Web Application for over a week.
2. What was the inspiration?
Turbo Productions: The inspiration behind mobile.sciphone was to bring the ease of browsing and downloading new wallpapers to your fingertips. We learned a lot from sciphone.net and applied our experience along with Apple’s intuitively simple and efficient user interface design to create one of the most practical and easy to use applications for the iPhone / iPod touch. Inspiration to succeed, to rise up and lead the community, the task of weeding out all the fakes and wannabes, it kept me motivated to work harder to provide the best wallpaper experience for everyone to enjoy.
3. How did you settle on your price point?
Turbo Productions: mobile.sciphone is FREE, and it always will be. We believe in sharing and building an active community of happy artists and users. Bandwidth isn’t free, and as our popularity and success grows, we’re currently developing an application for the App Store that’ll allow for unlimited high quality wallpaper downloading smoothly and efficiently. Hopefully this $0.99 application will help us offset our hosting and operational costs. Our concept for the Sciphone brand will span 3 different user experiences for downloading wallpapers:
sciphone.net : the original website for users who want to contribute and upload their wallpapers to the collection, register for contests and drawings, and access our “Sexy” wallpapers, featuring some of the hottest females on earth. ( too hot for inclusion in the mobile.sciphone platform due to Apple’s request to keep things family oriented. )
mobile.sciphone : form meets function, browse and download wallpapers anywhere, anytime. Always free, ad sponsored to keep operating costs under control.
sciphone ( App Store ) : $0.99 Application with no advertisements plus a new intuitive way to browse and download. Features unlimited highest image quality downloading straight from our servers. We will also be releasing a free trial version that’ll limit wallpaper downloads to 1 / day.
4. Roughly how many units have you sold?
Turbo Productions: Since our July 11th, 2008 launch, we’ve reached over 550,000 unique users from 180 countries worldwide. We plan to expand into the App Store and provide a pure integrated experience for our users, so stay tuned!
5. Are you working on any other projects that you will be releasing soon?
Turbo Productions: Of course. We're always trying to come up with new and exciting applications on the iPhone, the Web, and beyond. We have a few exciting things in our production pipeline, the next release being the Sciphone App Store application. For promotional purposes the first 1,000 people to download the application get it for free. At that point, the price will be raised to $0.99.