“To date the mobile Web has been a bust,” said Joe Costello, Orb Networks Inc.’s co-founder and chairman. Orb allows remote access to content stored on a PC.
Skype Ltd. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Niklas Zennstrom was a bit kinder: “Many of you, as I, have been disappointed with mobile offerings from the 3G [third-generation] operators,” he said.
Operators have typically restricted what mobile users could access online, often by only allowing access to Internet services within their own portals. While some operators have begun to open up in that regard, few in Europe have moved to unlimited data plans. That means customers are often reluctant to use Internet-based applications because they’re unsure about how much it might cost them.