Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Dec 2009 20:39 UTC
Google The past few weeks the entire internet has been going bonkers over the Google phone, yet another in a long line of Android phones that has everyone's knickers in twists. Up until now we had to go by small photos and Twitter messages from Google employees, but now we have full specifications, a hands-on, and video.
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Locked, unlocked
by kittipalo on Thu 24th Dec 2009 08:44 UTC
kittipalo
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2009-12-24

Living in Bangkok I'm always puzzled with this 'locked' phone business.
Here they all seem to be unlocked. Before iphones were available locally people would bring them from America, pop round to a big shopping centre, have it unlocked in a few minutes and then use it with their regular sim. Now their available unlocked from the various phone companies. Other brands ditto.

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RE: Locked, unlocked
by darknexus on Thu 24th Dec 2009 10:45 in reply to "Locked, unlocked"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Sounds like someone's got more sense in Bangkok then. Here in the US, and many other places as well, carriers are allowed to lock the phone to only accept their own sim card. In fact, I can't recall ever getting a phone from a carrier here that wasn't locked. Personally, I think it's stupid. The carriers could still subsidize the phone and make their offers attractive without the lock. But then again, all of the cel services here suck in one way or another, so I guess they want to get a hook into you with the phone lock.
Personally I think that falls under a monopoly, as that gives one carrier an exclusive on a phone more often than not. Still, the overpaid lawyers obviously found a way to get around that idea.

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RE[2]: Locked, unlocked
by Soulbender on Thu 24th Dec 2009 17:11 in reply to "RE: Locked, unlocked"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Sounds like someone's got more sense in Bangkok then. Here in the US, and many other places as well


Sounds like pretty much the entire world has more sense than the U.S when it comes to mobile phones.
Sure, you can get locked phones here (Philippines) if you want to get a better deal with the carrier but you can just go to any store and buy pretty much any available phone unlocked. Heck, there are even multi-SIM phones.

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RE: Locked, unlocked
by WereCatf on Thu 24th Dec 2009 12:17 in reply to "Locked, unlocked"
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2006-02-15

I am also slightly puzzled by the whole locking-business; I live in Finland and you can find completely unlocked phones anywhere. If you buy a SIM-locked one then you get some extra bonuses, like f.ex. you get the newest iPhone for 10 euros or something similar. Ie. you don't pay premium for unlocked phones as that is the standard practice, instead you get something extra if you opt for a locked one.

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RE[2]: Locked, unlocked
by darknexus on Thu 24th Dec 2009 12:31 in reply to "RE: Locked, unlocked"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Oh, it's worse than paying a premium here in the states. Simply put, if a phone company has done an exclusive deal with a single carrier such as, for example, the iPhone, then that company does not sell it unlocked here at all, period. To do so would violate the terms of their exclusivity contract. Nor can you get said phone unlocked officially from anywhere else in the states, you need to get them from places such as Ebay if you want them. Alternatively, if you can find an international store that will ship to the states but is able to sell the phone unlocked, that works as well. Still, I guess that's what happens when we let carriers dictate the terms as we do here.

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RE: Locked, unlocked
by Luminair on Thu 24th Dec 2009 21:10 in reply to "Locked, unlocked"
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2007-03-30

"capitalism gone awry" is what you're talking about.

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