Verizon to Open Network to Any App, Any Device

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Verizon WirelessHallelujah! In a move long overdue, Verizon announced that it will be opening up its network to “Any App, Any Device” by the end of 2008. I can’t wait to see how it rolls out and whether we can publish podcasts to phones as easily as we can to the Nokia phones. Digital Podcast has provided ongoing support the Nokia’s podcasting application and I would love to see it on the Verizon network, so I can use it too.

Here’s the brief outline of the plan released via a press release from Verizon.

Verizon Wireless today announced that it will provide customers the option to use, on its nationwide wireless network, wireless devices, software and applications not offered by the company. Verizon Wireless plans to have this new choice available to customers throughout the country by the end of 2008.

In early 2008, the company will publish the technical standards the development community will need to design products to interface with the Verizon Wireless network. Any device that meets the minimum technical standard will be activated on the network. Devices will be tested and approved in a $20 million state-of-the-art testing lab which received an additional investment this year to gear up for the anticipated new demand. Any application the customer chooses will be allowed on these devices.

It seems that this move was driven by a “small but growing number of customers who want another choice”. Yea right, only a few of us would like an open network. Come on Verizon, cut the BS – Everyone who takes pictures, uses email or any other data service needs this and they need it yesterday. I think that means everyone who owns or uses a cell phone wants this.

Verizon Wireless will continue to provide a full-service offering, from retail stores where customers can shop, to 24/7 customer service and technical support, to an easy-to-use handset interface and optimized software applications.

While most Verizon Wireless customers prefer the convenience of full service, the company is listening through today’s announcement to a small but growing number of customers who want another choice without full service.

Both full-service and “bring-your-own” customers will have the advantage of using America’s most reliable network.

It will be interesting to see if they join with the scary guys from Google and join the Google-led Open Handset Alliance Probably wishful think on my part.

Even with my complaints, this should be a very good thing and I can’t wait to have an open phone that works on a network that works like Verizon’s.

[tags]verizon, open wireless, open handset, mobile[/tags]

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One thought on “Verizon to Open Network to Any App, Any Device

  1. The question is about android. Thats just another framework. The question is about the network side of the equation can an API be created that adds value to the device. We have no shortage of smart phones. We have a shortage of good tools from the increasingly dumb network.