Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Mar 2013 19:28 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "The White House agrees with the 114.000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties. In fact, we believe the same principle should also apply to tablets, which are increasingly similar to smart phones. And if you have paid for your mobile device, and aren't bound by a service agreement or other obligation, you should be able to use it on another network. It's common sense, crucial for protecting consumer choice, and important for ensuring we continue to have the vibrant, competitive wireless market that delivers innovative products and solid service to meet consumers' needs."
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RE[3]: Unlocking Phones
by Alfman on Tue 5th Mar 2013 14:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Unlocking Phones"
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Let me just add one final thought before you offer a response. I don't see the point in itemizing costs when the consumer is in fact paying for a bundle. Let's say one goes to buy a car when they see it bundled with a "free" gps (to please the car analogists ;) ). We know the gps isn't truly a free item on it's own, it's really just part of a bundling deal.

However even if you still think it's legitimate to itemize the costs for individual items in a bundled deal and you want to claim that the phone is free, that still doesn't address why the phone should be locked exclusively to the carrier. Can you address this point specifically?

(Edit: in my earlier post, I said the cost of the plan varies, but to be more precise I should have said the price of the bundle varies instead).

Edited 2013-03-05 15:05 UTC

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