The title of this article from is a little misleading, "Verizon Wireless To Open Network To Apps, Devices," but it's still exciting news.

Verizon Wireless said Tuesday that it would allow any device or software to run on its wireless network as it heeds the industry call for more openness.

This isn't Free as in Beer "Open", mind you; you still have to pay to play on the network. Verizon's doing nothing particularly altruistic here. You won't be using "unlocked" devices from Verizon due to whatever's behind this announcement.

As a developer, however, rejoice. This is all about the removal of barriers to entry in the wireless market, and it allows you to go well beyond 802.11 hotspots with your garage creations. I'm excited, but cautiously so until the pricing rears its proverbially nasty head.