Uncle Walt Tells Mobile Operators To Loosen Their Grip On Innovation
This video was done by Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal in October, well before the recent announcements from Verizon and AT&T about “opening their networks.” Even if the carriers are going to open up and allow you to bring your own device, the reality is, it’s still outside of the realm of the average person to do this.I’d love to see my employer step up and offer unlocked mobile phones in places like Target, Office Depot, and so on. Unfortunately, this form of “direct marketing” is not taken well by the carriers, who are still the primary “customer” for mobile phones here in the U.S. (i.e. they buy the most phones).I think this whole “talking open networks” is just that–talk. I’ll believe it when I see it.