Blogger: Richard Monson-Haefel
Verizon announced yesterday that they will be opening up their network to any device or operating system that meets a "minimum technical standard" starting in the second half of next year. This is fantastic news provided it comes true - its also a huge boost to the potential of the Android platform because Google will not need to acquire the 700 MHz spectrum to make it succeed (although they still have an API fragmentation problem not to mention the forking of Java). Like many I'm cautiously optimistic. A great analysis as to why we should be cautiously optimistic is provided by Om Malik in his blog entry "Why Verizon Went Open and What it Means".