Verizon Wireless Opens Up

Telecom giant Verizon announced that they’ll be providing customers the option to use, on its nationwide wireless network, wireless devices, software, and applications not offered by the company.

While not open source in the traditional sense, I nevertheless found this announcement an interesting play by a bluechip company in an industry known for being severely proprietary. It is a perfect example of the direction that software and hardware is heading in general (open), and an example of the kind of freedom consumers are coming to expect not only in the consumer space, but from businesses as well. Verizon is acknowledging that customers are demanding the freedom and agility to customize and shape software, both presently and in the future, to meet their needs, as opposed to being forced to meet the needs of the provider.

2 thoughts on “Verizon Wireless Opens Up

  1. …maybe they got the idea from SugarExchange…the apps (phones) running on the Sugar platform (Verizon carrier network) = long term viability thanks to openness and standards-based architectures ;)

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