Discuss: New Rules for Unlocking Phones

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February 12, 2015 at 16:22:10
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that the FCC has passed a new rule requiring carriers to meet stricter deadlines for unlocking customer cellular phones. Discuss here if you think the days of locked phones are gone, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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February 13, 2015 at 19:09:57
IMO The days of locked phone are hardly gone especially for those not in good standing with their carrier as far as the mobile wireless trade association CTIA is concerned. Here is a list of the Six CTIA Commitments quoted from FCC page:

1. Disclosure. Each carrier will post on its website its clear, concise, and readily accessible policy on mobile wireless device unlocking.

2. Postpaid Unlocking Policy. Carriers, upon request, will unlock mobile wireless devices or provide the necessary information to unlock their devices, for customers and former customers in good standing and individual owners of eligible devices after the fulfillment of the applicable postpaid service contract, device financing plan or payment of an applicable early termination fee.

3. Prepaid Unlocking Policy. Carriers, upon request, will unlock mobile wireless devices no later than one year after initial activation, consistent with reasonable time, payment, or usage requirements.

4. Notice. Carriers that lock devices will clearly notify customers that their devices are eligible for unlocking at the time when their devices are eligible for unlocking or automatically unlock devices remotely when devices are eligible for unlocking, without additional fee. Carriers reserve the right to charge non-customers/non-former-customers a reasonable fee for unlocking requests. Notice to prepaid customers may occur at point of sale, at the time of eligibility, or through a clear and concise statement of the policy on the carrier's website.

5. Response Time. Within two business days after receiving a request, carriers will unlock eligible mobile wireless devices or initiate a request to the OEM [Original Equipment Manufacturer] to unlock the eligible device, or provide an explanation of why the device does not qualify for unlocking, or why the carrier reasonably needs additional time to process the request.

6. Deployed Personnel Unlocking Policy. Carriers will unlock mobile wireless devices for deployed military personnel who are customers in good standing upon provision of deployment papers.


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