A few folks have sent in the news that Australian mobile operator Optus appears to be completely blocking access to paid apps for owners of Android phones
. Apparently people have been complaining about this for a while, and Optus has been mostly silent on the matter, only stating:
"Optus is currently working with Google to provide an Android application store to our customers, and we are optimistic it will be available soon."
Except, of course, it shouldn't require any permission from Optus at all -- which is leading to reasoned speculation that Optus is blocking access to paid apps in the Android app store because Optus wants a cut of the revenue. This is typical of mobile carriers who keep wanting to believe that they're the tollbooth everyone needs to pay. Instead, the more likely result is just to drive mobile phone users to other carriers.