The Wholesale Applications Community, formed in February by a group of telecommunications companies committed to building an open applications platform, is joining forces with the Joint Innovation Lab. The merger is expected to be completed in September.
The US Library of Congress, which reviews copyright law every three years, has confirmed that smartphone owners can 'jailbreak' their handsets and install software that hasn't been approved by the manufacturer.
For example, iPhone owners can unlock their phones and install software that's not been obtained from the Apple App Store.
James Rosewell writes:
Mobile network operators have responded en-masse to the success of Apple’s App Store. Apple should be very concerned. The Wholesale Application Community (WAC) has been formed as a corporate entity today with representation from AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, GSMA, KT Corporation, NTT DOCOMO, SK Telecom, Smart Communications, SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp., Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telekom Austria Group, Telenor, Verizon and Vodafone. Not many major Mobile Network Operators (MNO) are missing from the list.
Phones 4u and DSG International have announced a retail partnership that'll create over 50 ‘Phones 4u at Currys’ store-within-store areas this year. The plans build on recent trials in Birmingham, Thurrock, Hedge End, Merry Hill and Stevenage Currys Megastores. More outlets are planned for 2011.
There'll be no more mobile phones made exclusively for the Vodafone 360 service.
The network revealed two exclusive phones when the service was launched in September last year – the Samsung-produced H1 and M1 – but no more will be made. Instead, the network will focus on the service itself.