Verzon Wireless announced today that it will be opening its network to any compatible device. Verizon uses the CDMA network, a technology it shares with Sprint. According to Verizon Wireless Chief Executive Lowell McAdam, Sprint phones could work on Verizon’s network “if they pass Verizon’s testing procedure.” Sadly, GSM phones used by AT&T and T-Mobile, including the iPhone, can not work on Verizon’s network.
Early next year, Verizon will be publishing technical information for developers, and that “any device that meets the minimum technical standards will be activated on the network.”
“I think it’s a reaction to Google,” Tole Hart, an analyst at Gartner Inc.,told the Wall Street Journal. “I think it’ll help them. It gives customers more options.”