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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Filed Under: cdma, certification, open network
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  1. identicon
    Alexio, 20 Mar 2008 @ 6:05am

    Re: GSM is king

    Verizon phones DO work in Mexico. At least in all the major cities/touris zones. That, if you're ready to fork out the roaming fees.
    Truth is, as much as I hate Verizon business style, the call quality/network availability is by far superior to anything GSM has to offer. That also true if compared to overseas GSM service: tried it in Paris, London, Moscow, Buenos Aires... quality of GSM calls sucked (on several "good" handsets I've tried...
    The bottom line, they know what they have, and they make you to pay dearly for that...

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