When asked to rank the capabilities that carriers offer to developers, those in North America ranked AT&T better than all competitors in four essential areas.
AT&T was ranked best in Mobile Application Distribution by 37% – almost twice as many Sprint, which was rated second in that category. Twenty-six percent chose AT&T as having the best Tool Offerings – almost a quarter more than T-Mobile, the next choice. AT&T also edged out Verizon as the carrier with the best Supported Technologies and the best Market Potential. When all four categories were combined, AT&T was selected as tops by almost twice as many developers than the next closest competitor, Verizon.
“AT&T has been diligent in creating a full service developer program, and obviously values developers and understand their importance,” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data Corp.
“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.”