Verizon Wireless unveiled a plan to open its network to any device that meets its basic technical standards. The company next year will publish technical standards that would allow any developer to make a device that can connect to its nationwide wireless network, and run any application they like.

For instance, an MP3 maker could create a device that uses Verizon's network to wirelessly download music, rather than rely on less ubiquitous WiFi hotspots. Don't expect any of such devices until the end of next year though.