Verizon Wireless has announced that it will "provide customers the option to use, on its nationwide wireless network, wireless devices, software and applications not offered by the company. Verizon Wireless plans to have this new choice available to customers throughout the country by the end of 2008."
With this move by Verizon, the implications for mobile banking and mobile payments will be fun to ponder. What's not mentioned in Verizon's press release is what the cost might be to qualify an open device on its network.
What's an example of a non-traditional mobile device? Amazon's Kindle comes to mind - I've got one and Amazon's Whispernet (running over Sprint's wireless network) is a key ingredient in making the Kindle such a delightful experience for readers. That, and, of course, the integrated 1-Click payment from my Amazon Account.
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