Verizon Wireless is getting closer to keeping its pledge to open up its networks. The carrier has named Intertek, a wireless, telecommunications and mobile application testing laboratory, as its first approved independent third party device testing lab and assigned it the task of trying out and certifying devices to run on the Verizon Wireless network.
The term 'open' to wireless carriers is something like 'change' to politics; it's a catchphrase designed to show that consumers can have device choice, as long as those devices have been certified to run correctly on the wireless network.
Intertek, which operates more than 1,000 laboratories and offices in 110 countries, will be tasked with testing devices to make sure they meet predetermined specifications to run on Verizon Wireless' network. Once certified, those devices will be made available to consumers without necessarily coming directly from Verizon Wireless.
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