Verizon Wireless To Open Its Network, Platform

20 thoughts on “Verizon Wireless To Open Its Network, Platform”

  1. This is major. Of course, the devil’s in the details, but the fact that Verizon is making this announcement shows how much the US wireless world has changed in six months. It’s smart. Sales of mobile content is weak. Consumer interest is even weaker. The only way for mobile phones to compete with the web for our time and attention is to open up. Verizon was always the highest walled garden around. In a year or so, it could be the most open. Amazing.

  2. The question to ask is; will full access to their network be available or will there be some sort of Access Tiering? This is the way that I think all of the telecoms will eventually implement the tiered internet. They can say their network will be ‘open’ but only their preferred devices/services will have access to their ‘fast lane’.

  3. It makes sense, really. I’m not sure what the deal is with their ‘approval process’ though. No GSM operators seem to have this requirement. What exactly are they testing for that the FCC hasn’t done? I wonder if this will mean that more CDMA phones will come with SIM (or similar) chips so that they can be activated without carrier interaction. Baby steps, I suppose.

  4. Nothing but great news. But I did think the carriers would not go so gently into this direction. I thought they’d fight it out with consumers until the FCC forced them to open. But the devil is always in the details. If, a few years from now, I can go into my local Apple Store, pick up an iPhone and am able to just put in a user name and password to get online with it (just like I do with my laptop on various WiFi networks), I’ll believe it. Let’s see if they truly open up. On the device side, it is easy enough for the device manufacturers to produce combo GSM/CDMA/WiFi devices; Verizon already has some similar ones for global roaming. The most exciting thing about this will be the unintended consequences: just imagine the proliferation of platforms, once the carrier isn’t playing gatekeeper (at least in the way they have in the past).

  5. Until the company announces precise details, this is just a lofty announcement. Going from a company that cripples handsets, restricts data access, and transposes wretched UIs on perfectly good phones to an “open” company will be fun to watch. I have zero faith it can pull it off.

  6. As a VZW subscriber with a GPS-crippled Blackberry 8830, I’m very interested to see if this actually happens. I’m pessimistic based on previous behavior, but you never know…

  7. I’d like to see much more information on this “approval process”. It sounds like another facet of the wireless carriers’ long-standing (and bogus) argument supporting a locked-down network in the first place — that alien devices will somehow take down their network.

    How long will this approval take? What will it cost? Will it be open to anyone or just a subset of blessed vendors? What if I create a cellular device in my garage, will they approve that? If the answer is no, then what they’re describing shouldn’t be described as “open”.

  8. Your skepticism is well-placed, Om — totally agree. CDMA phones are effectively a closed market and handset makers still have more incentive to sell their phones through carriers. Who wants to pay hundreds more for an unsubsidized CDMA phone that will barely work outside of the U.S.?

    Plus who knows how much Verizon will charge for data-network access. Could be an arm and a leg.

  9. V.W. and AT&T will bid on and win new Licenses in the 700Mhz and deploy within their hobbled Narrowband Cell networks in anticipation of the release of LTE based radios planned for 2011/2012.
    Meanwhile some more aggressive entities (Google) will win spectrum (700Mhz) and deploy (possibly in wholesale mode)700Mhz Based WiMAX network in select markets in the USA and effectively negate any long term value in going with the much hyped LTE solutions.

    Google and Apple Partnership on Last Mile Wireless services???

    Jacomo

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