U.S. Carriers Agree to Make it Easier for Customers to Unlock Cellphones

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  1. dgstorm

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    All the work that the consumer petitions, the Congress, the White House and the FCC has been doing on the cellphone unlocking front has finally paid off. A new consensus has been reached as the major U.S. carriers all pledged to follow a new cellphone unlocking policy going forward. The CTIA revealed today that Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular all agreed to a new policy in which they will "clearly notify" customers when their devices are eligible for unlocking. They also agreed to process unlocking requests within two business days.

    The issue has been a contentious one since January when the Library of Congress, the minder of U.S. copyright law, basically re-instated an old law effectively making it illegal to unlock your cellphone from its original carrier. There was an uproar across the web and after a year's long fight, things are finally changing. Here's a quote with more of the details,

    It's important to note that the story isn't completely over. Right now, the carriers have simply agreed to follow the new FCC policy. Ultimately, there is still a problem in the copyright law that eventually needs to be addressed. Here's another quote,

    Just as Khanifer said, it's only a start, yet it's truly a light at the end of the tunnel and bodes well for the future of this issue.

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    Let's also not forget Verizon already has a similar policy in place where you can bring your "eligible device" over to them but years after implementing the policy has added 0 (zero, none, nada) devices from other carriers to their "eligible" list.
    That being said I look for carriers to make it as difficult as legally possible to switch carriers.

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    Just to confirm...this has nothing to do with the Bootloaders?? It simply means that you can bring your phone to another carrier??
     
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    Correct.
     
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    So, doesn't this little tidbit effectively mean nothing is going to change? If they never develop a when or a how for any of their devices, they are still legal, because until they decide the when and how, you just have to patiently wait for 10-15 years per device...then you can more easily switch.

    This is essentially the same tactic moutainbikermark pointed out above. If they get to choose which devices are "eligible" and when and how they become "eligible", I don't really see any teeth to this 'new' policy.

    They should make it cut and dry...every device, once paid off, either off contract or by contract fulfillment, will immediately become eligible for unlocking and every device will have an unlocking procedure to follow.
     
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    The politicians get to say "see we did your will now reelect us". It's feel good legislation at most.
    I dare any politician to prove me wrong and put some teeth into it.

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    Figured that! Grrrrrr
     
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