Stuff You Can't Do on Windows Mobile Marketplace

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Just so everyone's clear up front, Microsoft has just come out with a list of twelve things they don't want to see on the Windows Mobile Marketplace. It includes VoIP.


The list is below, but the major ones are these: no VoIP that goes over the provider's network (Wi-Fi is OK), no apps that make you download more than 10MB over the air (not Wi-Fi), apps that use/promote other marketplaces other than the official Windows Mobile ones, apps that make you pay money outside of the marketplace (which bypasses Microsoft's cut of the profits), and apps that publish your location without permission.

They're all pretty reasonable expectations, but not being able to have VoIP over the carrier's network is a step down from what it is now, where you can download VoIP apps and talk as much as you want. Looks like Skype isn't going to be distributed through Microsoft's Marketplace then, or at least just locked down if it is? [PC World via Fierce VoIP via Tech Digest]

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Thank you, Gizmodo, for being the only one to treat this rationally so far. None of this is unreasonable. Most of it's merely protecting Microsoft's finances in ways we may not like, but that make sense for them, and in protecting the carrier's interests, like not making it easy for you to bypass their network to make phone calls. None of it seems unreasonable unless you're the type who consistently believes you deserve everything for nothing.

Plus, as has been pointed out time and again, these phones are NOT locked down, so you can still get and install all these apps manually. But odds are if you're the type who knows how to do that, you're not going to use the marketplace much anyway. And the people who WILL use the marketplace aren't even aware of what they'll be missing.