Verizon opening their network…

Just caught this interesting snippet on the VZ…

Verizon “will provide customers the option to use, on its nationwide wireless network, wireless devices, software and applications not offered by the company.” This could be seen as a reaction to upcoming Android phones but probably won’t be accessible to the average hobbyist, as devices will need to be “tested and approved in a $20 million state-of-the-art testing lab” before being activated on the network. [CrunchGear ]

The CrunchGear post actually says it won’t be happening until the end of next year, but it’s still a very cool piece of news. Sprint was the first to announce this but it’s unfortunately for their Wimax network which may be DOA at this point. I hope more carriers get it that as we mature in our interests and use scenarios, we just want the network like we get broadband at home. Nokia does not have any interesting CDMA devices (currently anyway) which is a shame for S60 fans, but there are plenty of cool toys out there that take advantage of EVDO.

I’m willing to pay to play … but want my choice of what devices I get to have.

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