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Phone-Unlocking Bill Clears Congress, Goes to Obama

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Jul 25, 2014, 5:03 PM

Of course it matters...

There are millions of locked handsets sitting in kitchen drawers right now that Could be used if they were unlockable without going through

The "unlocking policies" the carriers, and their shill the CTIA, have come up with are scams for the carriers forcing you one way or the other to take out service with them in order to unlock a handset. Unless of course you are the 5 percent of users who know you need your device unlocked before your contract runs out. Most people don't and haven't, and wont keep service with the old carrier in order to unlock it either so they take the phone home and keep it, prolly unused in a drawer or they agree to the reaming and trade it in for the $16 they are told it is worth.
It doesn't matter because most people use their phones to the point where they no longer work. Most people can't even make a phone last for a full two year contract, let alone keep using after that on another carrier.

I am all for this bill, but...
It only matters if the carrier you will use it on will allow you to use it. So many carriers will unlock your phone so you can possibly use it with another carrier but, they will not allow a phone that is not their brand, i.e. doesn't have their label...

Jul 25, 2014, 2:38 PM

Doesn't matter

as long as the FCC makes carriers use different frequencies, it won't matter.
That statement is dumb in at least 2 ways.
There is a very good reason the FCC has carriers on different frequencies. If you don't know why you shouldn't be commenting..
I agree that this is mostly for show, however the great majority of carriers in the US are MVNO so what I hope this would mean is if I had a Boost Mobile phone I could use it on Sprint or Virgin or Straight Talk or etc.

Since carriers don't make mo...

Jul 28, 2014, 7:42 AM

Global Use

It is likely that the only real benefit to this bill is for global use. As carriers use different frequencies, the advantage to unlock would pertain to those wishing to use their phone outside the US. This has been the fight for quite awhile. Many globe trotters have had trouble with the carriers unlocking for overseas extended stay or business use.

John B.
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