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AT&T's Open Fire

4:20 PM -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is drawing fire from across the blogosphere over claims that its cellular network is also open access.

Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T's wireless unit told USA Today: “You can use any handset on our network you want. We don’t prohibit it, or even police it."

Which is all well and good, but the same is also true of its GSM rival, T-Mobile US Inc. , if you have a suitable SIM card and an unlocked device. If the device, like the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone, is locked to the AT&T network, however, its a different story.

I think cellular executives have to be careful in all this furor over open access and unlocked devices. They need to be sure to remind the public that they won't just be able to skip between AT&T's and Verizon Wireless 's current networks no matter how "open" these networks get. It is already obvious that some people don't understand the difference between CDMA and GSM networks. [Ed note: And really, why should they?]

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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