Thursday, November 29, 2007

Verizon BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

Verizon announced that starting sometime next year they are going to open up their network to ANY CDMA ESN and CDMA phones.

What does this mean?

Basically you can bring your own device. For example, the Franklin CDU680 can now possibly be used with Verizon service. So you could cancel your Sprint service and sign up with Verizon and use your existing device on Verizon. Not just the CDU680 but ANY device and switch to Verizon service. Also with phones you will be able to use third-party However, there is always a catch. Verizon has also spent $20 million dollars on a tech lab and they will be publishing technical standards for the development. First, any device maker who wants to connect to Verizon's network will need to be certified for proper network connectivity procedures. Nothing else will be checked. Once they pass the standards customers will have the option to bring their own device. They should have the standards out early next year and then have the option to bring your own device by the end of 2008. This sounds like a good move for Verizon.

We will know more next year after we actually try what Verizon is offering :)