I can't believe this to be the case. RIM shouldn't be in bed with Verizon or any other wireless carrier this way. RIM has its own app store, Blackberry App World, and, somehow, it sold its users to the leading wireless gatekeeper and for what?
I am not sure this is good for mobile users in the long run. Verizon Wireless talks a nice talk but so far their actions don't jive with their words. In the past, they spoke about having an open network but actual practice says otherwise.
Just so you know, VCast App Store will be the default app store on all smartphones sold by VW. Users will have to add other app stores on their own if they don't wish to use Verizon's. What does that say about VW's definition of "open"?
Didn't the federal government as well as others around the world sued Microsoft for using its position to push IE on computer makers and, thus, users? What exactly is VW doing differently?
You can bet that when the iPhone finally makes it onto the VW's LTE network, Apple will be operating its own app store. Otherwise, there you won't see the iPhone there.
And right now, Blackberries are all that VW has that's holding the line against ATT. Other than the fact that people don't like ATT. So RIM should have been in a stronger bargaining position.
VW said its app store promises greater visibility and traffic. No, duh. It'll be the only store allowed when the phone is sold to the user. VW said it wants to differentiate itself from other app stores. What's the point? It's the only store allowed unless the users figure out how to add other stores.
Oh, RIM, what are you doing to us?
Source: Yahoo News