Verizon to Open Access to Apps and Devices Next Year
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 course the Sprint phone is still designed to work with Sprint services and has a lot of Sprint-specific software in it. It's also missing the software you would need to use any Verizon services other than voice.
What this announcement really means is that if Google, HTC or Nokia wants to make an Android, Windows Mobile, or S60 phone for Verizon's network, they don't have to worry about whether Verizon likes it or not. If Verizon says "no thanks" to selling it as a Verizon phone, those companies ...
I do understand that Sprint and VZW have different platforms.
Just wanted your houghts or opinions on the link. 😉
To be officially sanctioned by Verizon under this new program, either Sprint or the manufacturer would need to submit that model phone to Verizon for testing.
Sprint has no incentive to. That wouldn't make much sense.
A manufacturer might, and that is the point of the program. HTC could submit the Touch for testing, then announce that the Touch is approved for use on Verizon's network.
However, to make it a decent experience, HTC would probably need to offer some kind of separate software update that would add Verizon-friendly software. I doubt Sprint would ever allow a manufacturer to sell a Sprint-branded device that came pre-loaded with Verizon-friendly ...
They way they've been making strategic decisions lately, I can't say I have have faith in Palm to do the smart thing in this case, but I'm pretty sure Palm will have the option of doing that.
(Dont care for them anyway) Would it work on Tmobile or AT&T?
It will *technically* work for Sprint, I just don't think anyone should get their hopes up that it will anything remotely like unlocked GSM phones. It won't be. Most Sprint phones may never be approved for Verizon, and even ones that are, still won't work very well for anything other than basic voice.
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