Apple Online Store“Stephane Richard, CEO of France Telecom (Orange) has invited the heads of Deutsche Telekom (T-Mobile), Telefonica (O2) and Vodafone to discuss potentially making their own mobile operating system,” IntoMobile reports. “The view, from the operators, is that operating systems like Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS are a ‘Trojan horse’ that steals the relationship with the customer from them and gives it to outside software vendors and service providers.”

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IntoMobile reports, “The meeting scheduled to take place on October 8th will be an important one in history since those 4 operators together sever roughly 1 billion customers in Europe. Some possible outcomes including imitating China Mobile, who made the oPhone operating system based on Google Android, but with all the Google stripped out of the OS and replaced by their own services. Another possibility is that Symbian gets some new legs and becomes the default operating system for operators. Yet another is the creation of a middleware layer that users will interact with instead of the stock operating system.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Bring it on! MeeGo, BeeGo, PeeGo! Whatever. The more confusion, false starts, and dead ends there are out there, the better it is for Apple. People want consistency, reliability, and the assurance that the company making their device/OS will be doing so for many, many years. Only Apple can really offer such things. Buyers do not want fragmentation, empty promises, and risk.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Gideon R.” for the heads up.]