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Down in the Republic of Chile, government regulators have made a bold move to increase openness in the nation’s wireless industry. As of January 2nd, all phones sold in the country must be unlocked for use on any compatible carrier. This rule change will go along with mandatory number portability set to go into effect January 16th. . . . Even devices that were sold before the new regulations will be taken care of.

Read more here: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/chile_mandates_all_phones_be_sold_unlocked

Good news if you live in Chile biggrin.gif
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post #2 of 30
Interesting...

I imagine that changes the wireless game a bit, I'd like to see other countries follow suit.
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That would never happen in the US sadly.
 
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the home country makes me proud!
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Wow thats awesome.
    
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Originally Posted by nagle3092 View Post

That would never happen in the US sadly.

Never say never...
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Pure win.
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WOO! Good news for me, haha!

I'm chilean! <3

I'm currently locked to Movistar (one of the four carriers).

We only have three major carriers and a new one.

Movistar, Entel, Claro.

The new one is Nextel.
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I like the idea of it being unlocked. But in Canada or probably the US consumers still have the contracts to deal with. Even if contacts arent taken into consideration carriers will probably charge full or outrageous retail prices. So no more $0 phones.
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I like the idea of it being unlocked. But in Canada or probably the US consumers still have the contracts to deal with. Even if contacts arent taken into consideration carriers will probably charge full or outrageous retail prices. So no more $0 phones.

You will still see contract prices on cell phones. Just because the phones are unlocked doesn't mean they'll do away with contracts. However, the cost to get out of a contract will probably go up.

The whole reason they do the contract pricing is so that you sign up for another 2 years, not because they want you to use a locked phone.
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