I recently talked with Tricia Duryee, Principal Correspondent at mocoNews.net about her recent exclusive on T-mobile USA launching an app store, similar to that of Apple.
It’s a fantastic move. They are the first mobile operator to break ranks — and, as Tricia and I discussed, this could have substantial ramifications across the industry.
T-mobile USA are, it seems, going to be launching an application store to serve their entire handset range.
That seems like a rather smart decision when Apple are knocking back millions from their App Store. If I recall correctly, I think Steve Jobs told the Wall Street Journal that the App Store itself could be a ‘half billion thing’ (words to that effect) shortly.
Operators are facing sizable challenges when it comes to launching their own App Stores — not least their huge and varied handset populations.
One company standing by to help, by the way? GetJar — I’ll do more on them shortly — but they’re positioning themselves brilliantly to help operators launch instant and fully compatible app stores in days.
Have a listen to my conversation with Tricia below — or via the podcast feed:[audio:020_Special_Report_(Tricia_Moconews_TmobileAppStore).mp3]