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Verizon Wireless to be as open as the iPhone

This thing is not about Google, or open source at all. It's about Apple and the iPhone. Verizon is making its network as open as the iPhone is. Which is not very open at all.

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A few years ago I attended the CTIA show in Orlando and watched a host of Verizon Wireless executives, in matching black outfits, brag about how closed their network was.

Now Verizon says it will publish its network specs and allow devices it didn't sell to operate starting at the end of the year.

Obviously those lame Samsung Jukes that opened like switchblades and were sold by actors copying gangster rap moves weren't going over. (Samsung Joke is more like it.)

Not against the iPhone. And then there are those Androids coming.

Which is really the hope. Verizon thinks letting the Android phones on its network will blunt the economic powerhouse which AT&T has with the iPhone.

That's what this is about. The iPhone.

This is not really Verizon opening up its network, as the major media is screaming. Verizon will still control the horizontal. It will still control the vertical. It will still cost you out the wazoo for drips of bandwidth.

Verizon isn't getting rid of its "testing lab." Any phone must meet its "minimal technical standards" to be available.

The hope is, with this small concession, that the rush by Google to compete with it in the coming spectrum auction will be blunted, and that its monopoly profits will keep coming in.

One more important point. Vodafone, the British mobile phone giant, still owns 45% of Verizon Wireless. Vodafone has been working with open source for years, and is in court fighting T-Mobile's exclusive on the iPhone in Germany.

This thing is not about Google, or open source at all. It's about Apple and the iPhone. Verizon is making its network as open as the iPhone is. Which is not very open at all.