This is certainly interesting news. Verizon is announcing today that by the end of 2008 they will open up their networks to “Any Apps, Any Device.” The move essentially will allow any device that meets the “mininum technical standard” to be activated on Verizion’s network.
“This is a transformation point in the 20-year history of mass market wireless devices – one which we believe will set the table for the next level of innovation and growth,” said Lowell McAdam, Verizon Wireless president and chief executive officer. “Verizon Wireless is not changing our successful retail model, but rather adding an additional retail option for customers looking for a different wireless experience.”
We’re probably aways away from knowing what this all really means, and skepticism should apply here given that Verizion’s network is based on the CDMA standard and trends and some of their own plans point to an evolution towards GSM. In any regard, it looks like the conversation is shifting, and I’m thinking we can thank Google for that.