Google and Yahoo! are both scrambling to sign as many deals as they can to run Web portals for mobile carriers. Here’s one deal they didn’t get: T-Mobile USA’s new portal. The mobile site, which is launches today, was made by Medio, a small Seattle-based outfit.
Why do Web portals matter in 2008? Isn’t this a decade old-concept? Not on mobile devices.
Easy to forget amidst the BlackBerry/iPhone hype, but most people don’t have PDA phones, and they won’t for a while. But they do use their phones to access the Web. So whoever controls the mobile homepage has enormous leverage to sell apps, ringtones — and, one day soon, advertising.
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