2013 Mobile World Congress

By Bloomberg Photos - 2013-02-25T10:54:46Z

Photograph by Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

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2013 Mobile World Congress

At the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, carriers are still trying to show they’re as much into software development as managing telephone networks. Yet as the networks themselves come under assault from cable providers and as cash for side projects gets harder to come by during the debt crisis, the real battle is to keep customers using their infrastructure in the first place. 

Left, a visitor uses her smartphone to photograph a range of different smartphones displayed on a wall at the Mobile World Congress