Slide Show: Wireless Hot Spots For 2008

Probably the biggest wireless story of late-2007 will carry over into next year: network openness. Both Verizon and ATandT discussed plans to open up their networks to any device or applications. Opening up networks to other devices that were once not supported is certain to lower device and service plan pricing, analysts said. But VARs could ultimately be the big winners, according to Steven Brumer, president, CEO and founder of Wireless Rain, a wireless VAR and managed service provider in Suwanee, Ga.

"From a VAR perspective, it will open up more opportunities to sell more products or different products," he said. "It could get to a point where customers are relying on you for more products."

Get a roundup of CRN's networking coverage right to your inbox with the CRN Networking newsletter.