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Old 01-07-2009, 07:48 PM   #1
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CES: Verizon readies for Kindle killers

Full story here --> http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=11393

"Finally, a Verizon executive has hinted that the company is positioned to work with companies who will launch competitors to Amazon’s Kindle this year. Users would be able to download content such as books and newspapers over the wireless network."

Also --> http://www.mobileburn.com/news.jsp?Id=5991

Interesting that Verizon's network is being described as "open". With the various cellular technologies currently in use in the USA, can any wireless provider call their network open?

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Old 01-07-2009, 09:04 PM   #2
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Full story here --> http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=11393

"Finally, a Verizon executive has hinted that the company is positioned to work with companies who will launch competitors to Amazon’s Kindle this year. Users would be able to download content such as books and newspapers over the wireless network."

Also --> http://www.mobileburn.com/news.jsp?Id=5991

Interesting that Verizon's network is being described as "open". With the various cellular technologies currently in use in the USA, can any wireless provider call their network open?
To me, the bigger story will be when Verizon announced partnerships rather than saying they are "positioned to work with". After all, its another stream of revenue for Verizon (or any network including Sprint) as I find it unlikely that they would be offering use of their network for nothing.
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hm, competitors of the kindle, eh ? plural. very interested to see what will be coming in 2009.
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:37 AM   #5
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Interesting that Verizon's network is being described as "open". With the various cellular technologies currently in use in the USA, can any wireless provider call their network open?
Open only means that applications crated by someone other than the carrier can be certified to work over the carrier's network. As part of recent bandwidth sales and merger applications, to get FCC approval, carriers have had to agree to open their networks.
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I wonder if something like that would ever move to the European mainland. Not only a lot of carriers, but different countries as well
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It's probably safe to say that Sony is getting a wireless reader (using Verizon's network) ready to rival the Kindle.

I hope they find a wireless provider in Canada because Verizon's network is U.S. only.
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It's probably safe to say that Sony is getting a wireless reader (using Verizon's network) ready to rival the Kindle.
Or maybe that Verizon simply knows Sony is working on a wireless device, and is trying to position themselves as the go-to wireless network for it. Verizon's announcement is a flag in the air, there for anyone to see, but I'd expect they are waving it particularly energetically in Sony's direction.
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Open only means that applications crated by someone other than the carrier can be certified to work over the carrier's network. As part of recent bandwidth sales and merger applications, to get FCC approval, carriers have had to agree to open their networks.
There is a bit more to it than just that. Early last year 2008, an article came out in Business week on Verizion move to "open" their network. The motivation was completely competitive, other service providers had an open network and where luring away business because of it. Opening their network was a way to reclaim some of their business back.


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Or maybe that Verizon simply knows Sony is working on a wireless device, and is trying to position themselves as the go-to wireless network for it. Verizon's announcement is a flag in the air, there for anyone to see, but I'd expect they are waving it particularly energetically in Sony's direction.
Yah that could happen, but I'm guessing their thinking more along the lines of selling book over mobile phone (e.g. iPhone/Apple Store), vs the sprint/Amazon marriage. Their losing lots of business to the iPhone. Right now they're setting up a Blackberry "Storm" (and my what a nice phone it is) store which is a direct competitor to the apple store.

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