New FCC Laws on Unlocking Phones
The FCC just mandated changes for the unlocking of iPhones, unlocking Samsung Galaxy, etc from the carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile. Carriers now have mandated laws that they will have to follow in the next 3-12 months.
This is great news for the consumer and you should FIGHT this legislation starting today tooth and nail. You shouldn’t have to stay with your carrier forever because they refuse to unlock your phone.
They are basically saying we own you, and until the new law passes, they have you seriously handcuffed if you decide to go anywhere else.
Check out the new unlocking laws in the US as follows:
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler today announced that the agency has reached an accord with wireless network operators that will make it easier for consumers to unlock their phones. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless have all agreed to the unlocking policies.
- Carriers will post to their web site clear details that define what phones can and cannot be unlocked.
- Carriers will unlock all phones upon request as long as customers have fulfilled their contractual obligations.
- Prepaid devices will be unlocked no later than one year after their initial activation date. (This is crazy!)
- Carriers will unlock devices within two days after customers request that their phones be unlocked, or initiate a request with the OEM to unlock the device, or explain to consumers why their device cannot be unlocked.
- Carriers agree that they will notify customers proactively once their devices are eligible to be unlocked. (Kinda Nice)
- Carriers will unlock the devices of all deployed military personnel who are in good standing.
Each of the carriers above must adopt at least three of these above policies within three months and all of them within 12 months.
Source CTIA Dec. 2013
This is most certainly a step in the right direction as far as unlocking phones. Me personally, it’s amazing to me that AT&T, for example, can force people to use an iPhone ONLY on their network!
What’s even more amazing is that the consumer tolerates this!
How do you feel about the current unlocking policies? Have you experienced a problem getting your phone unlocked?
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