Mobile Web Wars
Fortune writes: “Carriers want to limit users to a menu of preset options, but there’s a movement afoot to liberate mobile Web browsers.”
many of the Internet content companies agitating to dismantle the carriers’ walled gardens aren’t necessarily offering mobile-centric applications of their own. “The content providers still are thinking about analogs to their wireline applications,” says Andy Zimmerman, who leads in Accenture’s communications client group.
But Web purists say consumers should be the ones to decide what applications or Web sites they want access to, and indeed, some cracks in the walled garden are starting to form. A number of handset makers, European carriers and Web companies have banded together to support dotMobi, a domain designed for accessing sites on a mobile phone.