T-Mobile USA has decided to shut down its nearly two-year-old developer program that allowed applications to be automatically submitted to its network, according to an email sent to developers today.
The decision is startling because of the boom in applications and general interest in the wireless space. But realistically, it could be a sign that the space is over-saturated with application options. Developers don’t have the capacity to partner with every handset-maker, carrier and OS company. T-Mobile may be an early casualty in a shake-out that is bound to happen. In the email, T-Mobile lamented: “With the mobile space being an ever changing, dynamic industry our decision to close this program was not taken lightly, but we feel reflects our commitment to support the growing ecosystem of partner storefronts and non-traditional paths to market.” A spokesman did not respond immediately with comment.
Instead of competing directly for developers’ attention, T-Mobile USA said it is directing them to their partners app stores, such as Google’s Android Market, BlackBerry