FCC: Phone Unlocking Ban Raises Concerns
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is uneasy about the recently-implemented ban against unlocking cell phones. Speaking to TechCrunch, he said the ban "raises competition concerns; it raises innovation concerns." Last year, the Library of Congress reversed an exemption built into the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that allowed consumers to unlock their cell phones. Most phones are sold locked to the carrier that sells it, which prevents them from being used on competing networks. The reversal went into effect in January, and it is now illegal to unlock cell phones. Genachowski said, "It's something that we will look at at the FCC to see if we can and should enable consumers to use unlocked phones." However, Genachowski warned that he's not sure what authority the FCC has in this particular case.
TracFone Settles with FCC Over Locked Phones
TracFone has reached an agreement with the FCC concerning its policies for unlocking handsets. In February of this year it became mandatory for all carriers to unlock customer handsets and to properly disclose their unlocking policies to customers.
Verizon to Start Locking Its Phones Again to Fight Thieves
Verizon Wireless plans to lock its handsets in order to cut down on theft. Verizon claims its unlocked phones are a big target, often stolen when in transit to Verizon stores or to consumers.
CTIA to Fight Berkeley Cell Phone Radiation Law
The CTIA has filed a lawsuit in the hopes of overturning a Berkeley, Calif., regulation that will require sellers of cell phones to post warnings about radiation risks. The law, approved in Berkeley last month, will force retailers to post signs warning consumers of the dangers posed by cell phone wireless signals.
FCC Wants All Cell Phones Hearing Aid Compatible
The FCC today expanded the scale of hearing aid compatibility in cell phones to include IP-based communications, such as WiFi and VoLTE. AT&T and Verizon Wireless recently sought and received waivers to offer WiFi calling along with an alternate to the legacy technology called RTT (real-time text).
As far as a customer, there needs to be better education in terms of why the phones are locked and why using a unlocked phone on a different network other then the specific carrier it was made for would impact your service negatively and you would essentially be ...
After all, it is physical property that is paid for, and belongs to the CONSUMER! Not the carrier, or the manufacturer.