Telecom Companies Plan Unified Mobile Platform - Wholesale Applications Community

In an effort to challenge the growing power of Apple, Google, RIM, and other mobile market leaders, a group of 24 telecom companies at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain announced the formation of an alliance to create a unified platform for mobile phone applications.

The group includes America Movil, AT&T, Bharti Airtel, China Mobile, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, KT, mobilkom austria group, MTN Group, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, Orascom Telecom, Softbank Mobile, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telenor Group, TeliaSonera, SingTel, SK Telecom, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, VimpelCom, Vodafone and Wind. It says it has the support of device makers LG Electronics, Samsung and Sony Ericsson.

The Wholesale Applications Community "will build a new, open ecosystem to spur the creation of applications that can be used regardless of device, operating system or operator," said Rob Conway, CEO of GSMA, in a statement. 

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