European carriers consider iOS, Android as ‘Trojan horses,’ to meet Oct. 8 to discuss new OS

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.]


  1. “…since those 4 operators together sever roughly 1 billion customers in Europe.”

    At first I thought “sever” was a typo, but realize it’s spot on describing what the Brain Trust of these carriers want to try to achieve with their own OS.

  2. The Europeans have again and again proved that when they can’t legitimately compete they run to the courts. I just hope they don’t trump up some false anti-competition lawsuit against Apple just to prop up their own failing products.

  3. European cell phone companies are just now waking up to the Trojan Horse potential of the iOS? We’ve been saying that in this forum since the 2007 introduction of iPhone.

    “Computer makers aren’t just going to walk in here and learn how to make cell phones..” – former Palm CEO Ed Colligan

    Well, cell phone companies aren’t just going to walk in and make an OS..

  4. The relationship that is being stole from the carriers is that of a sheep being led to the slaughter, not that of a paying customer.

    Any carrier that has problems with the iPhone should consider the alternative…. becoming nationalized like the power company where they have to get govt approval for rate hikes etc.

    Just a thought,

  5. If this works out properly, then the winners will be us the customers. That is, those of us who will think that switching from an iPhone to whatever is a better move.

    Competition to Google, M$, Slackberry and all other OS’s has to be a good thing if it reduces the cost to the customers and increases “good choice” availability.

    Finally, if the new OS does not stalk the customers, then even better for Apple inc. who have already claimed the moral high ground.

    Good luck to them all, they will need it, especially as the convener of the meeting has the worst service record for its customers in recent years so that many of them have left for 02 this has happened even after Orange merged their cell towers with those of T-Mobile.

  6. OMG, the carriers would have to go back to being carriers again and compete on price, features and customer service!

    No longer will consumers be confined to dysfunctional third rate UI garbage features they get with their carrier endorsed phones!

    Oh what the horror!!!

    You know what’s ironic? We consumers want choice, but when Apple locks down the iPad to programs only from the App Store, then we praise them as being innovative. Strange huh?

    How about a iPad OS like Ubuntu where has the option to change anything about the OS they like and do anything they like. Innovate and create new programs and features to their hearts content. If one abuses the carriers networks, they get cut off. Simple concept. Huh?

  7. Symbian *was* their attempt to create a common, next-gen cell phone platform. Why do they think an alternative Google-based alternative will fare better? Even if they can agree on specs and a reference platform, the end result will be a commoditization of the market.

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