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Consumer Group Takes Legal Action Against Handset Locking

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Apr 22, 2002, 12:57 PM   by (staff)

A complaint was filed recently by Wireless Consumers Alliance in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, seeking to end the control of the handset market by wireless carriers. Currently, consumers are usually required to purchase a wireless phone directly from a carrier, and are prevented from using that phone with a different carrier. The complaint states that these practices are anticompetitive, and have led to elevated prices and reduced consumer choice. The Complaint, which names AT&T Wireless, Sprint PCS, Verizon Wireless, and Voicestream as defendants, seeks monetary damages and the cessation of anticompetitive practices.

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