I'm not sure what benefits that consumers will see from this.
But this bit has me saying, "so what?"
"There are more than 140,000 different apps on Apple's app store and billions
have been downloaded by iPhone users so far, but telcos do not earn any of the
revenue aside from their users' mobile data usage."
Why should, say, Telstra, get any revenue from these apps stores? Unless it
hosts them and provides the infrastructure for developers to produce and market
the apps, it should be more than happy that a 2 dollar application may generate
$20 or $30 of revenue from its data usage each month.
I prefer the Windows Mobile model myself. I can get any number of free or
paid-for apps from various sites such as Handmark, Handango or pocketpcfreeware
for my WinMob PDA. And none of these apps have to be vetted, nor do I need any
special software in order to install them onto the PDA or a WimMob phone if I
But the platform leaves a lot to be desired, as do some of the WinMob mobiles
that I had a look at today in the local Telstra shop.