Lots of headlines about Verizon opening up their mobile network to “any app, any device”. Yawn. In reality they are desperately trying to catchup to the US GSM networks. To give a quick example of where Verizon are coming from (warning: this might shock GSM network users) – there are no SIM cards in Verizon phones.
Sadly it continues to look likely that no mobile operator will ever willingly turn their network into a dumb pipe. After all, they openly regard it (the network/billing relationship) as a unique gift. From whom, is the question we should all be asking.