“Apple is under pressure from mobile operators to make it easier for customers to switch between the iPhone and smartphones that use Google’s Android software, amid mounting fears over its dominance,” Christopher Williams writes for The Telegraph. “According to a senior industry source, Apple has privately agreed to develop a simple tool to help consumers shift data such as contacts, music and photos if they move to Android.”

“Major European telecoms operators are concerned that only a tiny fraction of customers ever move off the iPhone, in part because of the technical hassle of transferring data,” Williams writes. “The operators fear that the lack of switching weakens their hand in commercial negotiations with Apple, which holds the mobile industry’s strongest card in the iPhone. Its popularity among more affluent consumers means operators are dependent on supplies for most of their profits.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Only a tiny fraction of customers ever move off the iPhone, because the iPhone wannabes suck. You don’t trade in the Mona Lisa for a paint-by-numbers fake. The carriers are deluding themselves: No one of any consequence would use such a tool.

For those Android settlers who’ve stumbled here via search engines or other means, Apple’s “Move to iOS” app is available via Google Play here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.apple.movetoios

With just a few steps, you can migrate your content automatically and securely from your Android phone with the “Move to iOS” app. Or visit an Apple Store and Apple will help you move to your new iPhone and get you all set up. Either way, it couldn’t be simpler. More info here.

UPDATE: 5:25pm EDT: Apple denies Williams’ report: No, Apple is not working on tool for downgrading from iPhone to Android

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