Whatever the reasons may be for this but It will be good for everyone, not only in U.S.A but worldwide.
because in free USSA. you can run your business how you see fit.
I guess the cell carriers didn't donate enough or to the right campaigns
- Are EE legally allowed to charge you the £20 unlock fee if you have finished your contract?
- Yes, they can charge anything they want.
- Also, all UK mobile networks are also under no obligation what so ever to unlock handsets at all if they choose to.
Where in the uk, phones can be unlocked for free? I have asked in a mobile shop and they said I to pay 30 pounds to unlock a Nokia930 phone looked on ee contract. Is their in UK a law that stipulate once the two-year contract is over, then people will have the privilege to unlock their phones?
You guys are kidding me, going into 2yrs contract with mobile carrier, hw do you use just a phone for a whole 2yrs without getting bored? Only 3 mths wit any phones then am done...
Cell phones in South Africa have been unlockable for years. It's law.
In Israel it's been like this for years.
Since the law passed here it's been easier for us to move between carriers, because the phone is sim-free. Prices have come down sharply ($15 USD a month, unlimited calls and SMS + 3GB of internet traffic - compared to an average bill of $100 before). It also helps the environment by not making us buy new phones we don't need every time our contract is over.
If this law passes it's going to be a celebration for all Americans!
Limited, 26 Jul 2014Not just in US.. but around the world.eh? i'll think you will find, if you have done your homework, that it is easier to unlock a phone outside of the us. i.e here in the uk, phones can be unlocked for free, or for a small fee. but the majority handsets now are unlocked
Anonymous, 26 Jul 2014Yeah... Telstra and Optus do still lock some of their devices, but I buy my phone outright and... moreWhat phones are locked on Australian carrier contract plans? There may be the odd one here and there, but they are all free to get unlocked. It's a non-issue.
Prepaid is a different story, prepaid bundled phones are locked because the purchase price is heavily subsidised. And the cost to get them unlocked, usually brings it in-line with what it would have cost to buy outright anyway.
PS. You're not confusing 'locked' with 'branded' are you? Optus and Vodafone handsets certainly do have their branding splashed all over their firmwares, but theyre still unlocked (or free to unlock on contract)
wut, 26 Jul 2014Please make this happen in Europe tooNot just in US.. but around the world.
Anonymous, 26 Jul 2014Yeah... Telstra and Optus do still lock some of their devices, but I buy my phone outright and... moreYeah, I agree. I do the same thing, bought my iPhone 5 outright and went on prepay, although I used to be on a month-to-month plan. If you want to save a bit of money on a new device, I highly recommend kogan.com.au, grey imports from Hong Kong and often AU$100-200 cheaper.
The other thing that sh!ts me with the Australian telcos is the fact they keep lowering their monthly data allowance. Very annoying.
harlekkin, 26 Jul 2014I don't know who you're with, but Telstra and Optus still lock some of their devices on both p... moreYeah... Telstra and Optus do still lock some of their devices, but I buy my phone outright and then go on a plan. Generally cheaper that way, but outright high-end phones are more expensive than mid-end desktop PCs in Australia :'( (S5- $900)
Lets see how much money AT&T, Verizon and Sprint going to dump on Obama's lap to kill this bill.
AnonD-281955, 26 Jul 2014Does this mean that in the USA, mobile/cell phone contracts will be somewhat meaningless? Will... moreI don't know why unlocking should have any impact on postpay plans. The contract is signed for 2 years, and the customer has agreed to pay the monthly fee for the full 24 months. That's a legal contract.
Why would you agree to pay for 2 years if you intend to move the device to a different network? The only reason why I personally think devices need to be unlocked is when one needs to travel frequently. It's better to insert a local SIM than go on roaming.
Anonymous, 26 Jul 2014The whole locking thing is ridiculous. In Australia none of the phones are locked, when you're... moreI don't know who you're with, but Telstra and Optus still lock some of their devices on both post and prepay. I only know that iPhone is unlocked/unlockable for free without question.
But regardless, I agree with what you're saying.
The whole locking thing is ridiculous. In Australia none of the phones are locked, when you're on contract. Why does it even need to be?
You're still bound by the contractual term, to pay your monthly service fee anyway. With hefty fees if you break that contract. Why does it matter what simcard you put into the phone?