Overhype

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
cdma, certification, open network

Companies:
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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    adrockp, 20 Mar 2008 @ 6:39pm

    open network

    I'm personally glad VZW is allowing this,when your using cdma technology you normally have to buy the hardware from each specific carrier due to their phone software and prl software.I like GSM more variety of phones and cheaper rates data etc,however CDMA call quality is better than what GSM offers and that is why cdma carriers charge more and also have more control.So when I heard they are going to be more of an open network that was a shock that a cdma carrier would actually even attempt such a thing,but the handset will have to be CDMA.I wonder if they will cripple the Bluetooth file transfer when you send your phone in to be inspected,haha.

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