Two months after saying it would open up its network to other devices, Verizon Wireless is inviting developers to a mid-March conference where they can learn more about building software and devices that will run on its network. It’s an important step, because without people to build devices on Verizon’s
CDMA wireless networks, the commitment to openness is just whitewash. And just in case you like your walled garden, the last paragraph of the Verizon release, which touts both the conference and the company’s commitment to openness, is quick to assure folks that it will continue to offer Verizon-approved devices in company stores. Talk about a mixed message.