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Verizon Shares 'Any Apps, Any Device' Specifics

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Mar 19, 2008, 1:23 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Verizon Wireless hosted developers at a conference and revealed details for creating, certifying and distributing mobile hardware that can access Verion's network. The process includes building a device, submitting it for testing, receiving a pass/fail notice, and then registering the device with Verizon. Verizon will charge a fee for devices to be tested, but says the process will take less than four weeks and the technical requirements will be based on industry standards. Once devices are certified, the developers are responsible for marketing, selling and supporting the devices on their own. Devices can be sold at retail and activated by the end user online. Developers can also choose to buy voice and data services at wholesale from Verizon and then re-sell them to end users under their own brand name. Either way, customers will not have to sign contracts with Verizon Wireless, will not be subject to early termination fees, and will be free to download whatever applications and services their new device supports. All billing will be handled online. Verizon expects to have the testing procedures in place by the end of this month, with devices certified and running on the network in the second half of 2008.

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Mar 20, 2008, 11:51 AM

hmmm... I dunno... not "open" for individual CUSTOMERS...

Does anyone else think that this whole "Any Apps, Any Device" deal is taking a significantly different turn from when it was originally announced ? At least in the beginning, it was spun that Verizon would "open up its network" to allow any "compatible" CDMA phone to be activated on its CDMA network. And most people and the media thought this meant: "Oh good, so I can now freely use Sprint phones, Alltel phones, etc on Verizon". And there was a roughly concurrent story about how Sprint was going to unlock all its phones to allow this...

But now it sound like something fairly different... It is nothing more than providing DEVELOPERS and COMPANIES, the specs and details of how to make products useable on the Verizon network. That's all fine...
It was never about using Sprint or Alltel phones on VZW's network. It was, and still is, about using any device designed for the network. Currently you can only use devices that VZW chooses to sell, but now customer's aren't limited to that ret...
You're actually complaining about something 100x better than being able to bring a Sprint phone to VZW? 🤨

And just because the focus was opening the network to phone and app developers, no where did VZW say they still wont allow unlocked CDMA p...

Mar 19, 2008, 6:36 PM

Kudos and Observation

Alright: I'm not the biggest fan of Verizon, but this announcement is VERY cool, and I give them mad kudos for paving a new path for wireless services. Very neat.

Observation: This announcement coincidentaly happens the day after the bidding war on spectrums ended. My guess: They won C-Block. The 50 state wall piercing C-Block spectrum is ALL verizons. I'm willing to bet on that.

All and all, this is very cool, and will open up built in wireless aircards into new laptops WITHOUT contracts to utilize the device. Pave the future there, Verizon, pave away.

I'm really happy about this, and I'm a Sprint user!
While I agree with you about Verizon possibly winning the auction, this conference had been pre-scheduled for over one month maybe two.

This announcement doesnt just benefit cell phone manufactures but other industries as well.

Think of this...

Mar 19, 2008, 1:56 PM


I thought AT&T was the ones suppose to setting the bars. I think this is funny. This can make or break Verizon I think. Allowing others to make software. My worries are idiots that want to gather information and use them in fraudulently. A whole new meaning to who can you trust.
I think it quite interesting myself, to not tether users by contracts or ETF's. that almost makes me wanna use an old Sprint phone. UNLESS the fee is too pri$ey.
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