VoIP applications using a mobile provider’s broadband network apparently will be forbidden from Microsoft’s (News - Alert) Windows MarketPlace for Mobile store, along with programs that are larger than 10 MBytes or which change the default browser on a device, according to some reports.
The mobile VoIP restriction is consistent with similar rules at other app stores, for one obvious reason: mobile operators are not at all keen on cannibalizing the voice revenues that remain the revenue mainstay, even if new revenue sources are growing fast.
But developers presumably will be able to offer VoIP applications that use WiFi (News - Alert), a practice that tends not to be blocked.
Programs that allow people to shop at competing application stores, or that change a phone’s default browser, search client or media player, also will be blocked, again for obvious reasons: Microsoft has no interest in encouraging users to abandon Microsoft software environments.
Developers will also be unable to build programs that change the default phone dialer, short message service or multimedia messaging service interface.
Marketplace for Mobile is due to launch in the second half of the year, along with Windows Mobile 6.5, the next version of Microsoft’s mobile OS.
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Edited by Michael Dinan