What, France Telecom? Neither LiMo
nor Brew MP
are good enough for you? Bada
not open enough? Rumor has it that France Telecom-Orange boss Stephane Richard has summoned the heads of Vodafone, Telefonica, and Deutsche Telekom to Paris early next month to discuss how to best shoehorn their way back into the business of profiting off mobile software stacks, something that both Apple and Google have helped significantly diminish over the past couple years. Of course, Vodafone already tried this with its now-defunct 360 platform based on LiMo
, so we're sure it's going to take a bit of convincing to get them back into the game -- and AT&T and Verizon have both done their fair share to prove you can mangle Android enough to profit from it. The phrase "dumb pipe" still isn't clicking with any of the major operators after all these years; maybe if we called it "smart pipe" instead?