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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RE: Locked, unlocked
by WereCatf on Thu 24th Dec 2009 12:17 UTC in reply to "Locked, unlocked"
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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"
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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[3]: Locked, unlocked
by dindin on Thu 24th Dec 2009 15:12 in reply to "RE[2]: Locked, unlocked"
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Have you looked for an unlocked phone. A simple search would reveal that any phone can be purchased as an unlocked phone. Have you tried Amazon or BestBuy? (

Pretty much every phone sold by carriers can be bought unlocked - almost all.

Even if the phone carrier sells a locked phone, they will unlock iy for you after your contract is up. I have had that done to many of my phones since i travel to Asia quite often and buy a SIM there. I have never had any problems. The only exception has been the iPhone and that is not because of the carrier.

I read that even the iPhone can also be bought unlocked for about $899. In the US, most consumers are used to getting a subsidised phone and will not pay full price for a device. The carriers would love to get away from the subsidy model since it reduces their inventory managment and reduces loss from having to dump unpopular phones for a loss.

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