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  • FCC on Unlocking Phones - Update

    This is only a small victory in the eyes of most. Carriers will make it possible for a customer to unlock under certain circumstances, but the process can still be painstaking. I believe flashing a phone falls in a huge grey area in my opinion. Please feel free to leave your comments. I received this e-mail today:

    Answering the Call on Cell Phone Unlocking
    By Gene Sperling, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council

    Last March, after hearing from over 114,000 of you on our We the People platform, the Obama Administration called to restore the basic consumer freedom of cell phone unlocking -- to allow you to use your mobile devices on any compatible network you choose -- and provided a roadmap for the Federal Communications Commission, industry, and Congress to solve this for the American people. Today, with the support of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler (.pdf), the nation's largest wireless carriers announced they will abide by a new series of voluntary "unlocking principles" to help bring some relief to consumers in the next few months.

    Today's announcement is an important step forward for consumers. First and foremost, the voluntary agreement will help to ensure carriers unlock phones in a manner that is reliable, transparent, and timely. We also understand this commitment by the wireless carriers will allow our deployed military personnel to have their phones unlocked before heading abroad, an admirable service for our troops.

    This issue is about the simple freedom to take your business where you please, and to find the wireless plan that suits your needs -- provided you have paid for your mobile device.

    The FCC and carriers are doing their part. Now it is time for Congress to step up and finish the job by passing the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which was voted out of the House Judiciary Committee this summer, and its companion in the Senate. We know this is an important issue to many of you. The Administration will continue to watch it closely in the coming months.

    Tell us what you think about this petition update and We the People.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: FCC on Unlocking Phones - Update started by Chris Rodriguez View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. Chris Rodriguez's Avatar
      Chris Rodriguez -
      "In case you forgot, this means that within 12 months those companies will:
      • provide a clear, concise and readily accessible policy on unlocking
      • unlock mobile devices for legitimate owners of those devices once their service contract has been fulfilled
      • notify customers when their devices are eligible to be unlocked and/or automatically unlock those devices for free (but they can charge a reasonable if you aren't a current customer)
      • unlock devices or provide an explanation of a denial of any unlock requests within two days
      • unlock devices for military service men and women upon deployment"


      Still doesn't return it back to the way it used to be...
    1. Blaster's Avatar
      Blaster -
      This law will cost the phone companies money so I expect they'll abide by the law but make it financially prohibitive(should we expect anything else).
    1. wiseoldman's Avatar
      wiseoldman -
      Carriers could still just say "fine, unlock it. By the way, we no longer allow phones on our system not branded for our carrier". This is reflected in the H.B.1123 wording: "and access to the network is authorized by the network operator".But lets also assume carriers will still allow unlocked phones from different carriers. Both situations above still allow them to continue pushing new hardware thru the system, thereby, maintaining carrier and phone manufactures profits. Thats part of why new phone models keep coming out quickly with new wiz bang gimmicks with all the hype to buy it. (like various colors on the back on an iphone, geez, lame). And our older unlocked phones end up thrown away or in our electronics junk box.
    1. angelapdx's Avatar
      angelapdx -
      It is so annoying that Cricket doesn't do unlocking, especially since it is apprentice fully unlocked to use outside of the US! I even totally dorked out and started a petition (https://www.change.org/petitions/cri...k-their-phones) from being so annoyed, even though I know it will go nowhere, I am not nearly annoyed enough to push it through enough to really count.

      I totally get that if you get a free or discounted phone they won't want you to cut out on your bill and go to another carrier but with Cricket, we buy the phones upfront so I don't get it!
    1. Westnile's Avatar
      Westnile -
      Quote Originally Posted by angelapdx View Post
      It is so annoying that Cricket doesn't do unlocking, especially since it is apprentice fully unlocked to use outside of the US! I even totally dorked out and started a petition (https://www.change.org/petitions/cri...k-their-phones) from being so annoyed, even though I know it will go nowhere, I am not nearly annoyed enough to push it through enough to really count.

      I totally get that if you get a free or discounted phone they won't want you to cut out on your bill and go to another carrier but with Cricket, we buy the phones upfront so I don't get it!
      I signed it and shared on my fb I like cricket don't get me wrong but im starting to get tired of a area around me called Falls City Oregon that is a dead zone except for at the top of camp kilowah a girls camp.

      I can get one bar and quite a few of us 200+ have been hounding them to put up a tower or lease tower space from one of the other 3 companies in the areas.

      I hope this goes far and works as I want to change carriers I feel stupid for buying a brand new s4 through cricket right away last month instead of changing companies first.

      I kind of miss t-mobile but I couldnt get a s4 without a contract and I don't do contracts.
    1. angelapdx's Avatar
      angelapdx -
      Quote Originally Posted by Westnile View Post
      I signed it and shared on my fb I like cricket don't get me wrong but im starting to get tired of a area around me called Falls City Oregon that is a dead zone except for at the top of camp kilowah a girls camp.
      Quote Originally Posted by Westnile View Post

      I can get one bar and quite a few of us 200+ have been hounding them to put up a tower or lease tower space from one of the other 3 companies in the areas.

      I hope this goes far and works as I want to change carriers I feel stupid for buying a brand new s4 through cricket right away last month instead of changing companies first.

      I kind of miss t-mobile but I couldnt get a s4 without a contract and I don't do contracts.


      I also complained with BBB.org so I will let you know if anything actually comes of it.
    1. Westnile's Avatar
      Westnile -
      Quote Originally Posted by angelapdx View Post

      I also complained with BBB.org so I will let you know if anything actually comes of it.
      Definately please if the BBB needs more complaints let me know I'll send a email myself!

      Sent from my SCH-R970C
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