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For all of those people wondering about the details of Verizon Wireless's pledge to open its network to all compatible hardware, it seems the answers will come March 19 to 20 in New York City, at the carrier's Open Development Conference. The focus will be on "development for new devices," and from what Verizon is saying, it will be open to any product developers who want to pop by. Maybe we'll see you there. Press release after jump. [Verizon]

VERIZON WIRELESS TO HOST OPEN DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE MARCH 19-20, 2008 IN NEW YORK CITY

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and WASHINGTON - Verizon Wireless today announced that the company's much-anticipated Open Development Conference will be held in New York City on March 19-20, 2008. The announcement was made by Anthony A. Lewis, Verizon Wireless' newly-appointed vice president of the Open Development initiative, during a panel discussion today hosted by New America Foundation. Information about Verizon Wireless' Open Development initiative is online at www.verizonwireless.com/opendevelopment.

News of the conference, which will focus largely on development for new devices to run on the award-winning Verizon Wireless network, comes just eight weeks after Verizon Wireless announced that later this year it will provide customers the option to use, on its nationwide wireless network, wireless devices, software and applications not offered by the company. Verizon Wireless' Open Development initiative is driven by the company's desire to encourage innovation, give customers wireless choices, and quickly address opportunities to expand the wireless market. Higher data speeds and throughput performance that will come with the rollout of its fourth generation broadband network will open the door to a surge in new consumer electronics enabled by wireless connectivity.

Verizon Wireless is structuring the conference for the development community. The company encourages developers from the device community to attend the two-day event, where they can learn about the technical standards needed for devices to run on the Verizon Wireless network.

"This initial conference is for developers of devices - because before consumers can have open access, you have to have open development," said Lewis. "In hosting this conference, our aim is to jump start the development community by sharing information needed to develop devices for our network that achieve our network performance goals while making it easy for them to deliver devices."

Lewis also indicated that while the company is listening to a segment of customers who want another choice without full service, Verizon Wireless will continue to make available a full-service offering - from retail stores where customers can shop, to 24/7 customer service and technical support, to an easy-to-use handset interface and optimized software applications.

For more information about Verizon Wireless' Open Development Conference, visit www.verizonwireless.com/opendevelopment.