T-Mobile secretly working on Apple App Store counterpart for 31.5 million subscribers
Not one to be left out of the innovation train in today’s wireless industry, T-Mobile USA is said to be carrying out covert operations for an Apple App Store toppling service. Rumor has it that they are cooking up plans for a more “open” approach to mobile phone applications.
Though T-Mobile USA hasn’t issued any such statement confirming that they will indeed launch an Apple App Store counterpart for phones under their network in the future, a recent comment made in the name of the telco leaves us all the clues we need.
“T-Mobile is working with the industry to foster an open wireless services platform which will provide developers with the tools and information they need to make new, innovative experiences available to T-Mobile’s more than 31.5 million customers. The devPartner Community site, which is in its alpha stage, is just a taste of what T-Mobile has in store and we encourage you to stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.”
Compared to Apple’s target of 10 million iPhone 3G users by the year’s end, T-Mobile’s 31.5 million subscriber base takes home the cake.
The only question, of course, is whether they will really be able to perform such a feat. Something that lets mobile app developers do their thing most conveniently, and in which they will be very happy to share revenues with the telco. Well, it’s too early to judge now, but this should be very interesting to see unfold.