The relatively young Open Mobile Terminal Platform (OMTP) consortium, a group dedicated to pontificating on the finer points of user interfaces and APIs for all things mobile, is welcoming a new member this week. Cingular has joined Hutchison, Orange, and SK Telecom -- among others -- to work on standardization initiatives that (theoretically) should bring about consistent user experiences and reduced costs for carriers and manufacturers. Verizon is not a member, so hopefully their much-maligned standard blood red UI won't be finding its way into OMTP's recommendations.

[Via RCR Wireless News]

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Cingular joins OMTP group