Turns Out Verizon Wireless' Open Pledge Has Meant Almost Nothing

from the open-in-name-only dept

Over the past few years, mobile operators began to get annoyed at being called "soviet ministries" for their preference towards being extremely closed off with high garden walls. So, they suddenly started to claim they were throwing their doors wide open. Verizon Wireless kicked it off in 2007, by declaring a plan to open its network. It got a ton of press attention (especially from Verizon Wireless, who had been more closed than others). However, when the details finally came out, there was little to get excited about.

And, indeed, Broadband Reports checks in and notes that for all of the hype surrounding Verizon Wireless' declaration of openness it's meant a whole lot of nothingness in terms of actual products and services. In fact, Verizon's own phones and phone service remain pretty closed. Effectively, Verizon Wireless got a PR coup by suggesting they might possibly allow more open devices on the network -- should there actually be any businesses that wanted to offer that. It did work to stop criticisms and threats of regulatory interference, but it hasn't resulted in much in the way of actual openness.
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  1. identicon
    Deanne, 3 Feb 2009 @ 12:09am

    Verizon and WiFi

    Ok, I have Verizon and want to get a new phone, the Samsung Omnia to be exact. I called Verizon today and the lady told me I will have to purchase the 29.99 a month data package with that phone if I want to access the internet via WiFi on it. I told her I thought WiFi was always free, and she said "not on that phone or any other Verizon WiFi capable phone that has come out after November of 2008". I asked her again, "so it is impossible to get on the internet in my house through my router or any other hot-spot without paying that fee?" She replied, "that's right, WiFi will not work without purchasing the data package". WTF??? I really want that phone, but refuse to pay another 30 bucks a month to Verizon! Can someone please educate me a little here????

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