AT&T Woos Mobile Developers

8:50 AM -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is on a mission to get compelling new mobile apps onto its network and to its customers faster than rivals Verizon Wireless and Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S), reports Bloomberg. And to do that, part of the plan involves CTO John Donovan doing "speed dating" with some 400 software companies a year to hear eight-to-10 minute pitches.

This isn't just sweet talk for the mobile developer community. AT&T will announce plans this week to open up three new offices -- in Tel Aviv; Palo Alto, Calif.; and Plano, Texas -- each dedicated to advising software companies on mobile apps development in a project that has a cost in the range of tens of millions of dollars, according to the report.

The carrier has partnered with Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in this venture. AT&T hopes to introduce 30 new mobile apps annually as a result of this project.

But AT&T isn't the only US carrier stepping up its mobile apps game. The report also says that Sprint plans to open an office in Burlingame, Calif., this month for machine-to-machine (M2M) developers, while Verizon is mulling opening an app development facility in the San Francisco area. (See Operators Have a WAC at Apps .)

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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