by Mike Masnick

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cdma, certification, open network

verizon wireless

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.

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    Mike (profile), 19 Mar 2008 @ 10:12pm


    This artical is based on no facts at all.

    Actually, it's based on quite a few facts...

    Yes, to access the open network and use a non VZW devise, it will have to be certified.

    Such as that fact.

    Of course, you ignore the fact that to put a device on a GSM network, you don't have to be certified, meaning it's cheaper easier and more effective. And, of course, that means it's going to be much more compelling for device makers. Which was the point. Which you claimed wasn't based on fact...

    There are good reasons for it and those same reasons are among those that has made Verizon Wireless the most reliable network.

    Now *that* statement is based on no facts at all. Every single wireless carrier calls their network "the most reliable network." It's all a lie. Each has problems in different regions and weak coverage in other regions.

    That is also the reason Verizon Wireless does not use GSM because it definately is not as reliable.

    Actually, if you look at European GSM-based networks, you'll find they tend to be significantly more reliable than American networks (GSM or CDMA).

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