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Verizon to Open Itself to All Handsets November 27, 2007

Posted by Fast Follower in Sprint, Verizon, wireless carriers.
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Now we’re talking about something!  It looks like Google is already having an impact on some of the mobile service providers. Check out this piece about Verizon opening its service to all handsets next year.  If this occurs, will this be the beginning of a change in the business models of the the wireless carriers like Verizon?

TI – You’ve been predicting the carriers’ demise (mostly Sprint).  But maybe those that try to change could have a new birth.  We’ll see.

Are you listening  Do you hear that Sprint? Do something good for your consumer for a change.

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1. Fast Follower - November 28, 2007

By the way, Silicon Alley doesn’t think Verizon’s open wireless thing is gonna mean all that much in the short term. 1) There’s not many non-Verizon handsets that will work on the Verizon CDMA network, 2) Even you buy CDMA handsets directly from the manufacturers like Palm they’ll be more expensive than the subsidized handsets from Verizon that include a two year service contract, and 3) If you already own a CDMA handset with a service contract (like from Sprint), will you be willing to pay the penalty to get out of it just to move to Verizon?

Check the Silicon Alley post here.


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