Watch out for major rucks in the months ahead, as mobile operators launch their own app stores and get shirty about the competition from those of the handset makers. US operator Verizon Wireless has got in early, announcing that once its own app store goes live, it won’t be letting the likes of Research in Motion or Microsoft preload their app stores on any BlackBerry or Windows Mobile handsets that Verizon sells. Although the principle of not confusing people with multiple app stores on a phone may be good, there’s clearly a question over whether an operator’s will automatically be the best choice.

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