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SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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7/30/2014 | 2:40:19 PM
Re: Too late?
It is sometimes very interesting to reflect upon the fact that even though as Americans we may consider ourselves at the head of technology and innovation, some of the less advanced countries still beat us at the little things. For instance, Nokia has been manufacturing and selling double SIM handsets in these countries for more than half a decade and they would scoff at the thought of having a phone tied down to a single carrier.
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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7/30/2014 | 2:39:54 PM
Re: Anyone else unlocked
I will probably get 'followed' for this post if it gets read by the wrong group but as a frequent traveler I long ago discovered that sometimes it doesn't have to be legal to be done. There are some 'illegal ways' to get the same phones unlocked and I have used them before. The fact that it is now legal means that new bottlenecks have been brought in (like what you had to go through SReedy) so the illegal still works for me. At least until things smoothen up!
DHagar
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7/29/2014 | 2:39:37 PM
Re: Details
@kq4ym, I am sure you are right.  Let's hope it is the second scenario.
kq4ym
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7/29/2014 | 1:20:14 PM
Re: Details
Allowing unlocked service may eventually turn out to be a good deal for consumers. But, as pointed out, there's still the problems involved in getting to the end of the road. The providers may just find ways to keep complicating the issue in coming years, or use the new rules as a marketing tool to gain a competitive edge.
acohn
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acohn,
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7/29/2014 | 10:26:21 AM
Re: Anyone else unlocked?
http://www.redmondpie.com/ is your friend.
DHagar
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DHagar,
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7/28/2014 | 10:00:43 PM
Re: Details
@SReedy,  Thanks for true perspective.  Yes, the law does make it seem like it is now a viable option (although one still has to consider the termination fees), but the issues you raise make still hold the customer hostage.

Note:  The carrier that is waiving that fee, and others that might build in the customer ability to more easily unlock, may be able to capture the market - if the trend catches on.  At least they could try the international market as a starting point.
sarahthomas1011
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sarahthomas1011,
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7/28/2014 | 3:44:02 PM
Re: Details
Updated; thanks!
MPlank
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MPlank,
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7/28/2014 | 3:36:55 PM
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The House and Senate don't sign legislation - they pass it. And, it should be "goes into effect" http://www.translegal.com/common-mistakes/affect-vs-effect :-)
sarahthomas1011
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sarahthomas1011,
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7/28/2014 | 3:06:16 PM
Anyone else unlocked?
I recently unlocked my phone on AT&T to use a Truphone SIM card while abroad. It wasn't easy -- AT&T denied me three times for reasons that were inaccurate on its automated online system, but working over the phone with customer service, I eventually got it unlocked.


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