China Mobile not greedy /sarcasm - claiming 50%+ stake on app store sales

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by Mike
Posted May 31st, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Users on China Mobile’s network have been for some time now waiting for an *official* release of Apple’s uber phone heard ’round the world.  While the phone has been available for quite a while now unlocked and “illegally”, according to Apple’s stance on unlocking and jailbreaking, having a legit offering will no doubt entice the more reluctant buyers to purchase a “legal” option.  However, the big success and draw with the iPhone now centers around the tight integration with the App Store.  Developers are the big picture, their creations and innovations on the software side of things have made the iPhone what it is today.  Naturally, being rewarded keeps developers happy and keeps them developing for the platform.  China Mobile doesn’t seem to get this “happiness” factor.  What good is a piece of hardware without equally good software to go along with it?

The greedy folks at China Mobile seem to think their pockets are the only ones that need filling as they have announced that they will be claiming   “no less than 50% of revenue made from mobile apps and the app store.”  Someone needs to tell the fat kid they need to lay off the 5th helping of ego and let their heads shrink a tad.  Obviously, this 50%+ is far greater than Apple and Android’s stores’ 30% cut.  So what effect will the lower developer incomes have?  Less developers meaning less apps meaning epic fail.  Sadly, the people of China and users of China Mobile will find a sparse app store come September as app developers will see the percentage of revenue CM is taking and just say F*** it (translation please).  Way to go CM, way to go.

Source: Mobile Crunch, TeleCom Asia, Image Source

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