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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    kris, 3 Feb 2009 @ 12:08pm

    Re: Verizon and WiFi

    I can help. Its not that the Wi-Fi wont work w/ out the Verizon Broadband service plan, its that the service on all Verizon smart phones costs 29.99 and is a requirement on all PDA and smart phones. The advantage is that you can use both. Meaning that when you dont have the ability to use Verizon's 3g network you can post up in a hot spot and have access to Wi-Fi's public technology. You can even toggle the Wi-Fi off and on. Whenever you want to access secure info. like banking online, its in your interest to use the Verizon Broadband based on the security attached to the network. I dont know if this helps at all. Im a Verizon rep. and it bothers me to hear about my fellow reps. not explaining the situation correctly.

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