T-Mobile is rumoured to be working on a common application platform which would rival iPhone's App Store
Tricia Duryee of mocoNews reports that T-Mobile USA is all set to compete against Apple's App Store. The carrier will unveil a software platform which will be open to almost any developer and will cover the carrier's entire handset line-up. T-Mobile has 31.5 million subscribers today versus the 10 million iPhones Apple expects to sell by the end of this year. This base makes for an extremely attractive platform to develop for. mocoNews reports that the "developers will submit their applications online; the revenue-share agreement will be based on how much the application uses the network; and the applications will be presented to the user in order of popularity, not according to T-Mobile's preferences."
It would be interesting to see exactly how such a common platform would work given the varied devices T-Mobile has under its banner. While developers have a potentially larger base to sell to, they would also need to program to different hardware specifications, unlike the hardware uniformity that the iPhone platform brings.