Sources: PCWorld, Funding Universe
quote: They would still need tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of towers for wifi radio waves and it would've had to of been built from the ground up, so yes, it would've been very expensive.
quote: Together, these two app stores account for the majority of application downloads worldwide, and give nary a penny to carriers, except secondarily through data fees. For carriers, Mr. Stanton suggests, it's a frustrating experience. He comments, "If I were a carrier, I'd be concerned about the dramatic shift in power that occurred."