A number of readers are letting us know about Verizon's plans, announced today, to open their nationwide wireless network
to devices that they don't sell. A NYTimes blog posting puts VZW's announcement in industry context
. From the press release: "In early 2008, the company will publish the technical standards the development community will need to design products to interface with the Verizon Wireless network. Any device that meets the minimum technical standard will be activated on the network. Devices will be tested and approved in a $20 million state-of-the-art testing lab which received an additional investment this year to gear up for the anticipated new demand. Any application the customer chooses will be allowed on these devices."