Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Verizon's New "Open Development" Policy

Verizon doesn't exactly have a good track record when it comes to relinquishing even a tiny bit of control to another company (think iPhone and Android), but at CTIA today Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam chatted a bit about their new policy: Open Development.

The policy is
designed to speed up approvals for folks who want to use different CDMA devices on Verizon's network, and they showcased an example of this today. A new voice and text phone was unveiled today that will cost just $69 and will be available on a pre-paid basis through wireless company AirVoice. It reportedly took just 4 weeks for the phone to go through Verizon's approval process (weeks or months faster than average), a very positive sign for other small wireless companies that want to hitch their CDMA devices onto Verizon's powerful network.

The most interesting thing noted by McAdam is that he has high hopes that the Open Development policy will open the doors for advances in EVDO machine-to-machine communications - he would like to see a future where every appliance in your house connects to your network (I can't figure out why our popcorn poppers need broadband, but what do I know?). A CDMA EVDO device sure would be nice, though...