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MordyK
MordyK
12/16/2013 | 2:01:40 PM
Re: Good move
Yep! Apple's retail empire's success makes the models resurgence possible. Additionally the phenomenon of untethering devices from plans started by TMo adds additional impetus to the model.
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
12/16/2013 | 9:25:32 AM
Re: Good move
In the US, I believe it's free provided your contract is up and you don't owe anything on the phone, which are both required for you to unlock in the first place.
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
12/16/2013 | 9:22:39 AM
Re: Good move
Good point. That model never took off in the US (one reason NOkia struggled here), but we're starting to see a resurgence of it here. Samsung's Best Buy presence and Google's retail ambitions are two early examples.
sam masud
sam masud
12/13/2013 | 3:40:12 PM
Re: Good move
Is there a cost for unlocking phones--or does the carrier do it for no charge to the sub?

 

And here's a thought: Unlock the phones, and lock up the carriers--for surreptiously cooperating with the N*A     :-)

 

 

 

 
MordyK
MordyK
12/13/2013 | 11:53:23 AM
Re: Good move
I wonder what effect this will have in the US on brands creating stores and selling phones directly to customers through stores or channel partners...
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
12/13/2013 | 10:26:48 AM
Re: Good move
Yeah, it's one thing to have a page about it on their web site, but the FCC wanted it to actually proactively tell its customers. I can see why they wouldn't want to do that. It might spark the idea in customers that had never previously thought about it.

That is surprising about Sprint, especially since it has a BYOD policy with its MVNOs.
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
12/13/2013 | 10:24:17 AM
Re: Good move
Agreed, Jim. I wasn't sure if his initial demands to the CTIA was just good rhetoric, but -- either way -- it worked, which is good for consumers and his pro-consumer stance.
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
12/13/2013 | 10:20:10 AM
Re: Good move
Not that I've seen, but I think Dawson makes a good point about changing BYOD policies. Operators, especially T-Mobile, are starting to make it more attractive to bring your own device rather than by one of their subsidized ones. That could bring more attention to unlocking and make it a bigger issue.
Jim Weed
Jim Weed
12/13/2013 | 9:27:08 AM
Re: Good move
Tom Wheeler is turning out to be a pleasant surprise. Really didn't expect the former head of CTIA to bear down on them. Hope we see more actions like this one promoting greater competition, innovation -- and power for consumers.
KBode
KBode
12/13/2013 | 8:14:28 AM
Re: Good move
I was trying to understand this, and I assume it's because they didn't want to "advertise" the fact it's possible to customers who didn't already know about it?

I believe most of the carriers already do what the FCC is asking. Sprint may be the exception, their unlocking options for users range from nonexistent to awful (odd for a company that claims to be a consumer-friendly alternative to the big two), so I think they'll be where most of the improvements are made.
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