Verizon to Open Access to Apps and Devices Next Year
Today Verizon Wireless announced that it will officially allow customers to use any compatible device - not just those available directly from Verizon - on its network beginning next year. Verizon said it will publish technical standards that hardware developers can use to create devices for its network. Any device that meets the minimum standards will be tested and certified in Verizon's lab. Any certified device will be activated for customers who wish to use them. Such devices will be able to offer software and applications not offered by Verizon. Verizon will be offering this new level of flexibility country-wide by the end of 2008. Verizon's existing retail sales model will remain in place, and customers will continue to be able to purchase Verizon handsets and services as they do today.
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What's Verizon's goal in doing this?
Lawsuit prevention - especially with a high profile company like Apple due to them locking the iphone. Although Apple may win the suit, they have to divert a lot of resources into winning it, a lot of resources that can be rediverted to...
does this mean...
i know that sprint will unlock your phone when you cancel your services and such.
If have the right codes and Sprint gives you the MSL (which they are supposed to start doing) then you can do that already. Verizon doesn't have the same ESN checks in their activation process that Sprint has.
But of cour...
(Dont care for them anyway) Would it work on Tmobile or AT&T?
A day late and a dollar short
On the s/w side, isn't that what smartphones are for? show me a cdma symbian phone and i'll eat my words 🤣
see where this gets interesting?
not defending VZW or anything
Don't like closed CDMA devices? Go get an iphone 🤣
The missed point
Verizon is opening their network because they have to, not because they want to. This was bound to happen because of the various lawsuits against other carriers who would not willingly unlock their phones, or allow others to place and unlocked phone on their network. This is an attempt by Verizon to avoid those lawsuits and maintain a modicum of control or influence over the handset vendors in the future.
Does this bode well for the consumer? Absolutely.
hahahah that will never happen
check this out
""VanuÃ‚Â® software radio is the first wireless infrastructure solution that enables individual base stations to simultaneously operate GSM, CDMA, iDEN and beyond. With wireless standards...
i thought you had retired from phonescoop jay welcome back d
Now Verizon says you can use any phone that meets their requirements. Wow, someone release the doves already!
Is Verizon's announcement even newsworthy? You can already use any unlocked GSM phone on AT&T and T-...
Verizon is the last carrier I would expect to do this.
1) they dont have a whole lot of spectrum in comparison to Sprint, which is why we see the 5 GB data caps and no Streaming of Videos/File Sharing allowed
2) Their $20 mil test lab probably wont be free. Expect a fee to activate your Sprint Sanyo M1 on Verizon or some other FCC approved device.
3) They were fighting this open access rule in the up coming 700Mhz spectrum auction this Jan. They must have something up their sleeve. I know they probably want all the spectrum in the auction as it seem very valuable. Open access and Emergency Responder in particular.
4) They are not part of Google's Open Access ....yet.
I doubt the cost of testing will be on the consumer
The key to this is the nationwide plans
it was always about the price plan, folks. interesting the media is missing this one