Early next year VZW will publish a set of standards allowing anyone to make a device or a program to run on their network. As long as it follows the standards, and passes their tests, you are in.
That means you could literally build a phone on a breadboard, send it in, and as long as it passes the tests, they’ll activate it for you. Who would have ever thought that GSM, EDGE, CDMA, EV-DO, HSDPA, and HSUPA chips would become available to general public for purchase for use in their devices?
I guess Google appealed to Verizon’s softer side. In case you are wondering, Verizon uses a CDMA network, so unless you can do some hardcore hardware, firmware, and software hacking, you won’t be activating your hacked iPhone on Verizon. Furthermore, Verizon might even sell whatever it is you come up with for activation on their network, if its good enough. Claims are, they are even going to be fair with the pricing and not put too many restrictions on how you use the devices.
Verizon to Open Wireless Network to Any App or Device [via macrumors]