Verizon Teams Up With LiMo Foundation

Verizon last month joined the LiMo Foundation, an organization that advocates for open mobile phone handset technology using Mobile Linux. As a core member of LiMo, Verizon hopes to lower the development costs of mobile phone designs across the industry.

"Verizon Wireless is committed and invested in encouraging innovation, providing developers the opportunity to deliver new wireless choices and expanding the mobile market," said Kyle Malady, vice president of network for Verizon. "We expect our involvement with LiMo to advance these principles."

The telco's support for Mobile Linux represents a promising trend for homebrew application developers and the open source community in general, or those dissatisfied with closed and proprietary mobile phone solutions.

LiMo is open to all in the mobile industry, including device manufacturers, operators, chipset manufacturers, integrators and independent software vendors. LiMo currently has 39 member organizations, many of which support LiMo in addition to their own proprietary offerings.

In addition to its work with Verizon, LiMo collaborates with wireless service operators located in Asia, Europe and North America, according to Morgan Gillis, executive director of the LiMo Foundation.

"This [collaboration] offers further concrete evidence that LiMo is positioned at the heart of the rapidly emerging, industry-wide trend to secure the benefits of openness and choice in technology," Gillis said in a prepared statement.

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