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September 20, 2010

How frustrating ...

... must this be for the at least 500+ people in each of those companies who warned from the very beginning not to sell out the whole value chain, years ago (including me .-). Check this quote from MobileCrunch:

"French newspaper Le Figaro has reported that Stephane Richard, chief executive officer of France Telecom-Orange, has invited the heads of Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and Vodafone to discuss the possible creation of a common platform for mobile devices. The talks, which are scheduled to take place October 8th in Paris, are motivated by a view that Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems have become a “Trojan horse” for these companies to establish their own relationships with mobile customers, reducing the significance of the operators in the value chain."

By the way: I don't have words nor an analogy to describe how shockingly dumb that phrasing as a "trojan horse" appears to be. That would imply that "the horse" came disguised, appearing to serve a totally different purpose than establishing customer relationships. And that carriers admit that they did not see it coming. Come on.