President Obama signs the “unlocking” bill, it is now legal to unlock your mobile phone

The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, passed by Congress late last week, was...
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30. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

If history is any indication, Samsung will sell an international version (sim-free) which you can purchase at full price and use on whatever network you choose. Provided your carrier's frequency is supported. As I stated before, if you want the freedom to choose your own carrier you can't expect subsidies.

24. Hyperu71

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

I personal don't like to pay full price for a phone if i can get it subsidized. I don't mind lock downs and contracts for two years. Still, this is good if I want to move my old phone later, or for people buying used phones. They're the ones who benefit here. Now if we can just get all phones to use the same frequencies it'll really help. I don't understand this ownership of frequencies. The end user only cares that it works.

29. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

IOW, you prefer to pay more than full price on contract.

31. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You do understand that when you use the carrier subsidy you end up paying A LOT more for your phone through higher monthly payments. You're not naïve enough to think the carriers spread out the price of that phone evenly throughout the term of the contract do you? I do agree with you that frequencies should be standardized to some degree so when you're done with your commitment you can move freely to another carrier and not lose any operational capabilities.

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