AT&T, Others Fight Back Against Pre-Paid Phone Traffickers
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Feb 7, 2008, 4:35 PM by Eric M. Zeman
AT&T has filed a lawsuit against Wireless Exclusive USA for illegally re-selling hacked AT&T pre-paid phones. Other companies, including T-Mobile and Nokia, have filed similar suits against traffickers.
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The famous line...
I wonder how many phones were "lost" due to this happening...
What they failed to mention is how many of their reps (COR stores and customer service) tell customers to go to WalMart to get a go phone and put their SIM card into it.
I wonder how many phones were "lost" due
I am a shopper and here is the real story.
For instance... Tracfone owns two companies; themselves and Net-10. A couple of months ago the price of Net-10 phones and Tracfones were very different. Net-10's phone X cost about $50 but the same phone from Trac was $20.
The tracfone company pays about $25-30 for phone X from the producing company. Now why is that? The reason was that Tracfone was charging about 30 cents per minute and Net-10 was only charging 10 cents for the same minute. Tracfone buys wholesale minutes from companies like T-Mobile and Cingular for about 2 cents. At the end of the da...
The risk of dumping
If you ever tried to buy a new phone without extending your contract, this affects you. A carrier dumping its prepaid phones on the market to lure in customers has a negative effect on the availability of unlocked phones. We can't find many reasonable deals on unlocked phones because honest sellers can't compete with T-Mobile's $30 Nokia.
New Customer additions?
How is this unlawful?
Also, the state department does not prohibit the exportation of cell phones.
Prepaid carriers are selling handsets at retail locations without requirement of activation or contract. We all know that that motorola phone is not really $14.99, and some sort of subsidy exists. But they are still just selling you a phone. I am not legally required to activate it and use it for a length of time. I could toss it into a room and let it rot for all it mattered.
So...someone gets smart, takes these phones, unlocks them, and sells them over seas an...
AT&T Wants To Set Case Precedent For Unlocked iPhone Sales?
Could this really just be a strategy to eliminate the sales of higher-end unlocked phones by anyone but the carrier who released it (or the specific version of it)? That is, another way to counter legal unlocking and control BOTH the "razors AND the razor blades"?
What everyone knows (right?):
GSM carriers in the USA don't have the advantage of CDMA carriers, who completely control access to their networks by disallowing "foreign ESNs" aka the 'other' carrier's phone (even as much as Sprint, Verizon, etc state that they will be "open" and allow "approved" phones, they still have complete control when it comes to act...
No, they are just greedy douchebags.