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Verizon Wireless Offers Customers More Flexibility

After spending some time in Europe, I absolutely loved the fact that I could use my T-Mobile SIM card in any phone. When I came back to the States, I was quickly reminded that I couldn't swap phones like I had grown accustomed to doing overseas.

With the recent announcement of Google's planned Android platform, networks are scrambling to keep current customers, while planning innovative solutions to attract new ones. Yesterday Verizon Wireless announced that it plans to open up its network to give customers the freedom to choose what cell phone they want to use. According to The New York Times, this is a huge advancement in the industry, especially for Verizon, which has been traditionally viewed as a stricter network.

Details and pricing are still being worked out.

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SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 8 years
http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2007/12/03/future-verizon-phone.html
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 8 years
The point I think is that Verizon lost so many customers to AT&T with the release of the iphone, they need to do something to draw it back. Although the Iphone is not compatable at this moment to work on the Verizon network, there is nothing saying that they won't change their network to let those people who have an iphone, or want an iphone to use it with Verizon. Verizon isn't stupid and very well has an intent behind doing this, otherwise what other device would someone really want to use on their network?
spygirl658 spygirl658 8 years
whoops! Most of my comment didn't make it. I wonder why? I was saying that I've been with AT&T (aka Cingular <--- CellularOne) FOREVER. I've also wanted a T-Mobile Sidekick but wasn't sure if I wanted to switch providers. This news is exciting because maybe now I'll get my wish without having to switch to T-Mobile. Ironically, maybe I'll switch after all because I just don't trust AT&T as a company. I'll wait and see how AT&T treats its existing Cingular customers before deciding to jump ship or not. Ahhh....the freedom of an expired 2-year contract ;-)
spygirl658 spygirl658 8 years
I've been with AT&T (aka Cingular <--- Cellular One) FOREVER. I've also wanted a T-Mobile Sidekick forever but I'm not sure if I want to switch providers. I'm gonna wait and see how AT&T treats existing Cingular customers.
terrywagner123 terrywagner123 8 years
Wow! Great information.
stephsharer stephsharer 8 years
and at&t does NOT support CDMA. its on the GSM network.
stephsharer stephsharer 8 years
"Any device that meets the minimum technical standard will be activated on the network." minimum technical standard = CDMA. which the iphone is not. see also divagwendolyn's post above.
BlackPowerBunny BlackPowerBunny 8 years
i was reading about this in the trade news. unfortunately, iphones will not work. "Cupertino-based Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) also said earlier it will let third parties to develop software for its iPhone. The iPhone will not be compatible with the Verizon network because it runs on a different standard." sorry. however, this is still very exciting because you may want a certain phone a carrier doesn't carry.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 8 years
"Any device that meets the minimum technical standard will be activated on the network." Any device means any device "Devices will be tested and approved in a $20 million state-of-the-art testing lab which received an additional investment this year to gear up for the anticipated new demand. Any application the customer chooses will be allowed on these devices." If they are going to be doing this, they know that they are basically drawing people away from AT&T. It would be stupid of them to not add the ability of other types of networks to work on theirs. If AT&T can support both CDMA and GSM then so can verizon.
stephsharer stephsharer 8 years
no...you're not going to be able to use at&t phones, or the apple phone. you will only be able to use phones that are compatible with the verizon network, which is a different network type (CDMA) than almost every other cell phone network (including overseas) which is GSM. the only other cell phone company i can think of that uses CDMA is sprint and us cellular. so, this isn't really that big of a deal.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
Woot woot! Maybe I'll have to get an iPhone now!
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 8 years
:kool: Take that AT&T and Apple. I can use your phone wherever I want.
SummerBaby SummerBaby 8 years
this is a very good idea!... very good.. they can keep customers.. because they will be able to use what they want!
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