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Verizon CEO says BlackBerrys are closed but stable

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McAdamDan just linked us up to an interview with Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, which was mainly addressing Google and the open access spectrum. The conversation brought McAdam to say a few interesting things to say about his BlackBerry 8830.

On an open ecosystem, he says: “If you look at the example of our content, when we first opened up, we had a completely walled garden. We have been bringing that wall down and opening up more applications. The balance is you have to keep the customer in the equation. It’s not just up to the Microsofts or the Intels or the carriers to make the decision. I carry a BlackBerry 8830. That device is one of the most closed devices on the market today. It’s also one of the most popular. Customers can rely on it. Return rates are single digits, 1 to 3 percent. You can put anything you want on some open smart-phones. What would you guess are the return rates on a comparable device to the BlackBerry, with open applications?..Over 40 percent. You can’t predict how applications are going to interact in the real world. It sounds really good. How can a developer of a device predict how those applications are going to interact in the real world? It’s back to the fact that they’re complicated computers and it’s not always predictable.”

A buddy was showing me some of the stuff he could do on a Windows Mobile device the other day, and I could see how BlackBerrys seem closed in comparison, but as Dan notes, there’s still plenty of 3rd-party software available out there. And c’mon – “one of the most closed devices on the market today”? That might be pushing it. What do you guys think – are BlackBerrys closed platforms, or open just enough?

Weekly Contest: The Big G

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GoogleYou may have heard that Google will be making an announcement in the next week or two concerning their plans to step into the wireless arena. Needless to say, Google’s a big deal. Since Verizon backed down from protesting the open accessibility of the 700 mhz spectrum, the doors are wide open for Google to drop whatever bomb they want. Now all of tech enthusiasts wait with bated breath for the big move – many doubt that a full-blown Google OS will be involved, but rather suspect a software suite accessible on any platform out there. The possibilities are exciting, that’s for sure. This week we invite you fine readers to get your punditry on: what are we going to see from Google in the next few weeks? The GPhone? Simply porting over what they’ve already made for desktop? What will it all mean for BlackBerry? RIM already plays very nicely with Google; will that work to their advantage, or has it just given the new competition a head start? The one who comments with the most full-bodied, interesting or straight-up wild speculation will get 3 themes from Bplay.

UPDATE: Alright, so the announcement came for Google’s plans for an open platform called Android, which will aim to lower the cost for developing and distributing cellphones. Why isn’t RIM in the alliance?

Last week’s winners behind the jump!

Weekly Contest: What does open access mean for BlackBerry?

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FCCWe haven’t talked much about the whole open access frequency thing since the implications on BlackBerrys and RIM in particular haven’t been made completely clear yet. Regulations on the bidding process are still being finalized, but what’s been established so far can be found here. Suppose Block C, which will have to remain publicly available by the winning bidder, gets bought up. RIM already manages to offer some services, like BlackBerry Maps and BlackBerry Messenger of their own accord. This week’s contest asks you, BBCool readers: what would you like to see RIM do with its share of open spectrum? It’s not much, and there’s bound to be plenty of limitations on what can be used over the frequency, but let’s say there’s just a little bit of network that BlackBerrys would be able to use regardless of carrier. That opens up some very interesting possibilities not only for RIM, but for third-party developers too. Google and Skype are both pushing hard for the open access; Google and RIM are already pretty tight… what can we hope to see from The Big G? The one to leave the most compelling application for Block C on BlackBerrys will get 3 free themes from Bplay.

The extra-long contest we mentioned earlier is going to be postponed until next week. Sit tight!

Check behind the jump for last week’s winner!