Chile bans selling of carrier locked phones, the world looks with envy

Chile bans selling of carrier locked phones, the world looks with envy
Chile has banned the selling of carrier-locked handsets in the country, a brave move that puts the technology rather than the carrier at the forefront. All cell phones sold in the country after January 16th will be unlocked, while for phones purchased earlier a free unlock will be available through a website where you’d need to write down your IMEI and information about the device.

Chile is one of the few countries that have dared to challenge carriers’ and make locked devices illegal. Singapore was among the first ones to outlaw locking a phone to a carrier’s network and Israel has followed suit in 2010 with its own ban on carrier locking.

In the US and UK unlocked devices are not always available. For example, the iPhone 4S started selling unlocked only after it’s been out on the market for a month or so. Currently, carrier locking is one of the main reasons why users in the developed world resort to hacks such as unlocking and jailbreaking their devices.

source: Subtel via The Verge



18. AlonShtrafun

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 17, 2010

It's the same deal in Israel already, welcome to the club Chile! However here the Carriers charge more than the private stores for the phones. So your'e better with just a sim anyway.

17. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Now we need same type of policy in India...... Iphone 4s is being sold at outrageous price over here, and then also it come locked to particular carrier........ Now why the hell should my phone be locked to particular carrier, if I'm paying full price for it........ 16gb Iphone 4s cost abt. Rs. 45,000 or 865$; 32gb iPhone 4s cost about Rs. 51,000 or 981$ and 64gb iPhone 4s cost about Rs. 56,000 or 1077$.......... :(


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

I dont know it its just my luck but ive had 3 htc phones from tmobile, htc sensation 4g,and 2 htc wildfires and they have all been unlocked?? i wonder if tmobile phones are selling unlocked now? oh yea the phones were right out of the box

13. arqjav

Posts: 55; Member since: Dec 29, 2009

I'm from Costa Rica and last year in our country the telephone market just open allowing new company's to began to sell their services ,two companies Claro and Movistar are the ones that won the permits to work in our country and one of the condition that the agreement stated, was that the phones they were going to offer had to be unlock phones,so we are another unlock free phone country.

9. wgaurav

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 17, 2010

Good move..but how many will buy a $500 + handset without carrier subsidy.....

19. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1257; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Yeah not many people which could mean phones would cost less or the quality would be less to cost less.

7. smartx84

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

i dont think we have such law in my country, but never mind as 100% of phones are sold unlocked through independent retail shops....

4. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

I'm guessing, US carriers are the worst among the rest of the world.. they will manipulate everything they could just to make money..

8. Jimstar

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

I'm sure carriers all over the world do that. Kinda sad though, a law like this wouldn't really help in the US, our carriers all use different spectrums, you'd be lucky to get an AT&T device that'll operate on 2G on T-mobile. And Sprint and Verizon fuggedaboudit! Unless you want a blackberry i think.

11. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

true, the different spectrum thing is a problem for even unlocked devices but if many of these phones were unlocked, manufacturers would then be able to make US specific devices that could span all the spectrums, much like the same is done in China. I think it would work at the very least on cost because only one would be required here in the States.

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

easy fix. they just make a pentaband GSM phone like the Nexus that works on every gsm carrier. bam. thats right.. that just happened. :) :)

12. bluechrism

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

Unfortunatly, even if all phones here were unlocked, very few phones would be usable on multiple networks because of frequency incompatibilities (though i've no idea if CDMA phones could work across carriers if they were not carrier locked). I still want them to all be unlocked though. I would even insist that only phones that support more than one carrier be sold, and that carriers offer 1 year and 18 month contracts as well.

2. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

Ha~ We've had this law in Singapore for a long, long time.

6. Tatperson

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Yeah... we're rather lucky.

1. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

imagine the world, full of factory unlocked phones... everyone happy... lol

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I really like the sound of that!

10. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

what a joy that would be.

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