Carriers Agree to Make Unlocking Phones Easier, Eventually
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler today announced that the agency has reached an accord with wireless network operators that will make it easier for consumers to unlock their phones. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless have all agreed to the unlocking policies. First, carriers will post to their web site clear details that define what phones can and cannot be unlocked. Second, carriers will unlock all phones upon request as long as customers have fulfilled their contractual obligations. Third, prepaid devices will be unlocked no later than one year after their initial activation date. Fourth, carriers will unlock devices within two days after customers request that their phones be unlocked, or initiate a request with the OEM to unlock the device, or explain to consumers why their device cannot be unlocked. Fifth, carriers agree that they will notify customers proactively once their devices are eligible to be unlocked. Sixth, carriers will unlock the devices of all deployed military personnel who are in good standing. Each of the carriers above must adopt at least three of these above policies within three months and all of them within 12 months.
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Samsung Intros Unlocked Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
Samsung today said U.S. consumers can buy unlocked variants of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
Unlocked LG G6 Reaches Amazon and B&H
LG today said the unlocked version of its G6 flagship handset is now available from select online retailers. The G6 is on Amazon.com for $630 and on B&H.com for $599.
Amazon to Sell Discounted Unlocked Phones As Long As You Agree to Watch Ads
Amazon today announced a new promotion that will allow Amazon Prime subscribers to buy unlocked handsets at reduced prices. The first two phones eligible for the promotion include the Motorola Moto G4 (pictured) and the Blu R1 HD.
Carriers Have to Unlock Eligible Phones Beginning Today
Wireless network operators are now required to unlock customers' phones once the phones are paid off or no longer under contract. Today's change follows an agreement forged between the FCC, the CTIA Wireless Association and carriers in December 2013.
A Solution in Search of a Problem
T Bone said:...
it is not difficult to get the carrier to agree to unlock it for you, ....in my time working for at&t, the only time I ever flat out refused to provide the unlock code for a customer who requested it was if the custom
To pretend this is a so...
that'll never happen. I don't know why, I just don't see that happening.