We've just released the new version of the Trusted Status FAQs together with the exact details of how it'll work, together with the pricing of Audits and Content IDs.
Trusted Status developers are those who have earned the trust of Java Verified by demonstrating unfailingly that testing to the UTC standard is a crucial part of their product development activity.
Java Verified developers who are awarded Trusted Status will no longer need to use one of the three accredited test houses to test their applications, and will no longer need to declare the test results. They will have gained the trust of Java Verified that their apps will consistently pass the criteria.
We're introducing it:
a) to reduce significantly the cost for Java ME application developers in gaining the Java Verified accreditation for their apps, whilst maintaining the consistent high quality of those apps.
b) to increase the number of Java Verified-approved apps in the market place (i.e. apps that have successfully passed the appropriate tests laid out in the UTC). By making the Java Verified accreditation more accessible to developers, the number of Java Verified-approved apps out there should increase.