Russell rants, and he’s right. I have my own rant about this, at its core is the open/closed issue. On the one hand you have an open platform, the web, that sports a robust ecology with all sorts of innovation and competition. On the other hand, over in the mobile world, you have this carrier-driven crap that is driven by one thing and one thing only: the carrier’s desperate desire to lock you in.
Free the mobile web! Only when it’s connected, seamlessly and freely, to the real web will it blossom.