#MWC10: Wholesale Applications Community formed by 24 leading mobile carriers

No less than 24 leading mobile operators around the world have teamed up to form the Wholesale Applications Community – presented as “the world’s first open platform that delivers applications to all mobile phone users.”

The idea behind the Wholesale Applications Community is to offer a broader choice of mobile applications and services to a “wider choice of handsets than ever before”.

Reportedly, developers “will only have to create one version of their application and this can be used on multiple types of devices and operating systems (such as Symbian, Android, Windows etc), which is not the case today.”

The 24 mobile carriers involved (which have access to more than 3 billion customers worldwide) are: AT&T, América Móvil, Bharti Airtel, China Mobile, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, KT, mobilkom austria group, MTN Group, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, Orascom, Softbank Mobile, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, TeliaSonera, Telenor Group, SingTel, SK Telecom, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, Vodafone, VimpelCom and Wind.

The Wholesale Applications Community is supported by three major phone makers (Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson), as well as by the GSM Association.

Wholesale Applications Community

It’s not clear yet when the Wholesale Applications Community will actually offer apps for users, but it looks like its members are trying to complete it within the next 12 months.

Meanwhile, you can check out the Wholesale Applications Community’s official website.

Via Press release

Author: Ilinca Nita

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