AT&T busts doors wide open – announces open network to allow ‘any device, any app’

AT&T announces open networkIn the wireless industry, the best weapon any one carrier has against their rivals is the mighty pen. Well, it’s more like the “mighty keyboard,” but you get the point. Not to be outdone by the other big-dog in the play-pen, AT&T has announced that they’ll be opening up their network to “wireless phone, device and software application from any maker.” Beating rival Verizon to the punch, AT&T’s network will be open to all GSM devices and applications “starting immediately.”

“You can use any handset on our network you want,” says Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T’s wireless business. “We don’t prohibit it, or even police it.” AT&T customers can choose from a world of feature-phone and smartphone options, and they don’t even have to sign a contract to get on AT&T’s network.

And, to rub it in the face of Google’s OHA, AT&T boasted that they are doing today what the OHA has planned for a year from now. Ralph de la Vega added that “We are the most open wireless company in the industry.” So, it looks like Google and the OHA successfully revolutionized the wireless market – just as we expected.

Or did it? While Google’s move to create an open-platform for mobile phones and wireless networks has prompted an all-out PR-war between the largest network operators, did it really prompt AT&T to open up their network any more than the rest of the GSM-world? Not really. AT&T’s announcement of an open network is basically a reiteration of the way a GSM network works. You can take any unlocked GSM phone, pop in an AT&T SIM card, and start using that device with any software you see fit – it’s always been that way and always will. So, just what did AT&T accomplish with this announcement? Aside from one-upping their competitors in the PR deathmatch that is the wireless-game…nothing.

[Via: USAToday]

  • mariokarter

    well it sounds like there saying they won’t fight Nokia’s ovi and ngage services, even if there installed on phones that you get from at&t.

  • j’sonmyfeet23

    so does that mean i can use my at&t sim card with a sidekick 3?

    • a dude

      yes you can any phone is open to sim on at&t

  • s_fizz

    ok so can i now use my AT&T sim card on a sidekick 3 and have all the features??? someone let me know please? shoot me an email if you know! thanks!

  • samantha

    great! so can i now have a sidekick from t-mobile and use an at&t sim card? that would be greatt! please let me know if i can!

  • lauren

    does that mean i can use the sidekick lx with FULL features with an at&t sim card ?!
    someone please tell me !

    email me & tell me

    thanks (:

  • derrick

    i want a sidekick LX but i dont want to buy it if i cant use the internet or aim. i need FULL features =] can u please tell me if thats possible.

  • vero

    like every1 elses ?, can we get the full features(internet especially)from an at&t sim card onto a sidekick?
    pls email me back…thank u 🙂

  • kriz

    can you use a att sim card on a sidekick?? do the side kicks even have a sim card input???

  • Clarissa

    So can I use my at&t sim card with my sidekick 2008 and have the full service of at&t vs. the crappy service of t-mobile and will i be able to use all of the applications on my sidekick?

  • deedee

    i want to get a sidekick lx for christmas & i want to know if i use a at&t sim card on a sidekick lx and still get all the features ?!
    Plz answer back ASAP !
    thanks 🙂

  • yassy

    does this mean i can get a tmobile sidekick nd use it with my at&t sim card??? email me back pleaseee

  • olegan

    can i get a sidekick and have full features on it. please respond because my birthday is coming soon and i would love to get a sidekick for my birthday without being a t-mobile customer

  • Mnagelkirk

    so i would be able to get any cellphone from a different carrier and put my at&t sim card into it and it would work. what if my sim card doesn’t fit in the phone?

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