Verizon Wireless: Open In Name Only?
from the this-is-not-the-'open'-you-were-thinking-of dept
Verizon Wireless got plenty of attention a few months back for announcing that it would be opening its network. This was a bit of a surprise, as Verizon Wireless has been among the most closed when it came to allowing anyone to do anything on its network. Of course, there were few details in the announcement. Now, the company has revealed a bit more about its “open” plans and they’re incredibly underwhelming. In fact, you can almost pinpoint the problems based on the the key points Verizon Wireless chose to highlight.
First off, in order to get on the network you’ll first have to get your device “certified” by Verizon Wireless. While the company insists that “the certification process won’t be lengthy, costly or complicated,” most people seem to think that it may be all three. It’s going to take 4 to 8 weeks to get your device approved, and the expectation is that access will involve per-byte fees. It also means that if you want to use Verizon’s new “open” network you have to spend all the time and effort to build a device, and then wait, hope and pray that Verizon “certifies it.” Or, you can just ignore Verizon’s network altogether and build a GSM-based device and pop in a SIM card and you’re ready to go. So, Verizon’s “open” network seems a lot more closed, annoying and expensive than the GSM networks that are more widely available.