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    Verizon to open its network to

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    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.


    Since they support Blackberries, I wonder If an end user can bring any other BB over to VZW if they choose. I am curious how this will work with GSM phones or is more of a software thing? It seems as though it is to compete with the Google Open Standard thing.


    interesting read
    http://blog.washingtonpost.com/faste...pen_itsel.html
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    Re: Verizon to open its network to

    I saw something more about this on AOTS on G4. This may not be such a great thing after all. A few things to begin with. Only CDMA capable devices will be able to run on the Verizon, so you would be able to use an old sprint phone on the VZW network for example. (makes sense)

    Also, Verizon would have the ablitlty to charge a much higher rate if they wanted for voice and/or data services. As for for data, they could charge per k/b as opposed to a cap that VZW typically has.
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    Re: Verizon to open its network to

    Yeah it does sound some what hopeful
    http://blackberryforums.pinstack.com...arty_apps.html

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    Re: Verizon to open its network to

    This is smart business on their part.

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    Re: Verizon to open its network to

    Part of the way I took it was also that manufacturers could create new devices, have them approved by Verizon, and not have to use Verizon's OS on the device. Personally, I think that would be awesome since it would help keep some features from being forcefully locked down by Verizon.

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    Re: Verizon to open its network to

    I don't know if its a direct move on Google's plan for their Android OS. I'm pretty sure Verizon will still bid on the 700 MHz auction. I don't think there is a single carrier that afford to ignore the ramifications of the any phone any network deal though. Besides Google isn't a service provider...yet (looking at Sprint's continuing failure to be profitable). Purely speculation. But that in my opinion would be their easy way into cellular.

    What's nice is being able to have some of those phones that have those completely sweet features but won't make it to America. But I'm most interested in possibly getting some apps for my BlackBerry that were previously locked out. ~via BB (wap.pinstack.com)~

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    Re: Verizon to open its network to

    according to
    http://www.toptechnews.com/story.xht...d=13200CZALXNC
    is that Verizon will be switching to GSM by way of a 4G network sometime in 2009.

    so if thats the case, then alot more devices would be able to operate on their network regarding the open policy.

    This story keeps evolving. Interesting.
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    Re: Verizon to open its network to

    wonder if they are gonna finally stop doing this Verizon UI on their (regular) phones

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    I wonder what happened with this?
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    It's still in the works J, just going to be a while before it makes it to fruition on the consumer end. I would say another year or so.

    Zo

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