Boy, as a long time mobile guy it’s hard to overstate the significance of the highest quality and most closed US wireless carrier deciding to open up access to their network in this way:
There is a lot of fine print, but the essence appears to be that Verizon will offer two flavors of service: its traditional bundle, which typically includes a subsidy for phone purchase and various other features, and “bring your own” device service, which will be open to any device that meets “minimum technical standards.”
This is yet another giant leap in the direction of what we see as the “one network, many devices” inevitability. T-Mobile Wi-Fi, iPhone, Playstation 3 Web Browser, Android… all these and more point to a time in the not too distant future when users will plug into The Network by whatever means is convenient to them at the time, and expect to be able to acquire content of interest to them without needing to start from zero.
I’m more sure than ever that this will happen, and equally confident matchmine will play in important role in making it so.