Network carriers have for ever whined about their inability to cash in on the riches made by mobile phone hardware and software makers when in fact they are the ones spending billions in building the infrastructure.
It now appears that the carriers have been making some money after all. PaidContent is quoting several sources to have revealed that one of the primary reasons behind the success of the Android OS – which is now being sold to 60,000 new users everyday lies in the fact that Google is sharing its advertising revenues in part with the carriers and handset makers who support the Android OS on their handsets. Interestingly, the deal is supposed to be on the inclusion of Gmail, Search and maps which are not necessarily part of the Android package.
As you may have expected, all companies in question declined to comment.[via PaidContent]