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AT&T Wireless Network Is Open Too 122

Posted by Zonk
from the me-too-is-fine-by-me dept.
narramissic writes "Following last week's much-heralded announcement that Verizon Wireless would open up its network, AT&T is making it known that its wireless network is also open to outside devices. 'By its nature, GSM technology is open,' said Michael Coe, an AT&T spokesman. 'Customers could always use GSM phones not sold by AT&T on our network. We can't guarantee the performance of the device, of course.' AT&T will start to publicize that information through salespeople at AT&T stores, Ralph de la Vega, CEO of the company's wireless business, told USA Today."
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AT&T Wireless Network Is Open Too

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  • Re:iPhone (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fangorious (1024903) on Friday December 07, 2007 @02:34PM (#21615357)
    ever since AT&T had a GSM network (before Cingular bought AT&T Wireless, before SBC bought AT&T, before AT&T bought SBC, before Cingular changed its name to AT&T) you could use any GSM phone on their network.
  • by SiriusStarr (1196697) <SumStultusSedEsQuoque@@@gmail...com> on Friday December 07, 2007 @02:44PM (#21615495)
    ...who anxiously await the release of OpenMoko's unlocked phone. I can't wait to get my hands on a Neo, now that I know networks in the US will support it. Who wants an iPhone tied to AT&T, when you can have a phone that runs on all GSM networks and runs Linux?
  • Re:I suppose... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Sparks23 (412116) * on Friday December 07, 2007 @02:58PM (#21615719)
    I think what they mean by 'open' is that any AT&T customer with an unlocked GSM phone can use that phone on the AT&T network. Which is true; I could take an AT&T SIM and put it into my unlocked O2 Xda IIs, and be online with AT&T just fine. This is true of any GSM network by definition, which I think was AT&T's point.

    Verizon's making a big fuss about 'okay, we are going to let people use phones they DIDN'T BUY FROM US on our network! WOW!' And AT&T's response is, 'Congratulations, welcome to the world of things GSM customers take for granted.' (Which, yes, is a little silly that GSM networks will make a deal about how you can use phones they didn't sell you on their networks, but will lock down any phones they do sell you so you cannot use them on other networks.)

    Roaming for customers of other networks is a whole different -- and often, more depressing -- story.
  • Re:I suppose... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by timthorn (690924) on Friday December 07, 2007 @07:09PM (#21619101)
    Not Tracphone. As I found out to my cost.

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