Survey: Developers rate AT&T best U.S. carrier partner

Mobile developers cite AT&T (NYSE:T) as the U.S. carrier best equipped to help them create and sell their applications, according to new survey conducted by market intelligence firm Evans Data Corp. AT&T led its rivals in all four survey categories: Mobile Application Distribution (ahead of second-place Sprint [NYSE:S]), Tool Offerings (ahead of second-place T-Mobile USA), Market Potential and Supported Technologies (Verizon Wireless [NYSE:VZ] came in second on both). "AT&T has been diligent in creating a full service developer program, and obviously values developers and understand their importance," said Evans Data CEO Janel Garvin in a statement. "Of course the exclusive arrangement with Apple helped them gain steam in app distribution and market potential and that edge may disappear now, but the all important basics like tool offerings and supported technologies are a notch above at AT&T according to North American mobile developers."

Other findings of the Evans Data survey:

  • Seventy-three percent of mobile developers plan to build enterprise-themed apps to over the next 12 months.
  • Sixty-two percent of mobile developers are targeting Java, ahead of any other mobile platform.
  • Seventy-six percent of developers express concern about government interference in the mobile market, with 32 percent "very concerned."

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