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other countries that are not as "advanced" so to speak are passing laws and enforcing regulations that put our lawmaking system to shame doh.gif

That is because our legislative branch (our entire government really) was designed to be cumbersome, ineffectual, slow, and honestly best served doing nothing. Other countries tend of have a much more decisive legislative process than the US.
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I am not up to date on phone tech, so a question if you will:

If I were to import a unlocked phone from Chile, could I use it on a US cell network if activated with a carrier?
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post #23 of 30
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It wouldn't be financially feasible to ask the carriers to change their wireless standards.
I'm sure the carriers will still sell phones (they have no reason to get rid of contracts), they just won't be locked to their network. I don't see any reason that this will cause an issue.

The issue is fragmentation which is already rampant within the Android ecosystem. There are already issues with rolling out updates to certain phones on preexisting networks for officially supported phones. How will they manage to provide the same quality of service to phones not official supported provided they aren't forced by an bureaucratic agency.

The other issue is the government telling free market capitalist how to run their company when said companies haven't made any trust to stifle competition.

ATTmobile as a recent failure amalgamate. If unlocking your phone becomes the industry norm, then I want it to come about without government intervention. I hate to sound like an anti-government nutjob, but that's how I see it.
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Now do this in Canada please
    
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Good move, I have always believed that if you have bought a handset, whether it be through a particular network or not, you should have the freedom to choose what network you wish to be with in the future.
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Question: Won't this increase the price of each phone? If a carrier was previously relying on people continuing to use their service post-contract, simply because they had a phone that they liked and it was tied to them, and said carrier can no longer rely on those people to stay with them, they will have to charge more for the phones up front.

In effect, the locked status of the phones helped to subsidize the price for consumers, which will no longer happen.

I'd rather have a cheaper phone than an unlocked phone myself, but that's just because I know I won't be switching service providers any time soon.
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How much is to unlock? $15. Compare to the Phones prices these days $15 is nothing.
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Yay for sane laws. tongue.gif
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Question: Won't this increase the price of each phone? If a carrier was previously relying on people continuing to use their service post-contract, simply because they had a phone that they liked and it was tied to them, and said carrier can no longer rely on those people to stay with them, they will have to charge more for the phones up front.
In effect, the locked status of the phones helped to subsidize the price for consumers, which will no longer happen.
I'd rather have a cheaper phone than an unlocked phone myself, but that's just because I know I won't be switching service providers any time soon.

It's been a few years since this kind of law was approved in Brazil. Here, the carrier who owns the store where you bought the phone provides the warranty, even if you use other carriers SIM card. However, if you have any problems with making calls, connecting to a 2G/3G network and this sort of stuff, then it's up to the carrier of whichever SIM you're using to provide you technical support. They must do it even if you bought your cell phone in another country, as long as it is approved, officially and legally sold in the country.

Prices haven't changed much after passing this law. They're still horribly overpriced, just like they always were; mainly because of the huge amount of taxes, but that's another issue. biggrin.gif
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Yay for sane laws. tongue.gif
It's been a few years since this kind of law was approved in Brazil. Here, the carrier who owns the store where you bought the phone provides the warranty, even if you use other carriers SIM card. However, if you have any problems with making calls, connecting to a 2G/3G network and this sort of stuff, then it's up to the carrier of whichever SIM you're using to provide you technical support. They must do it even if you bought your cell phone in another country, as long as it is approved, officially and legally sold in the country.
Prices haven't changed much after passing this law. They're still horribly overpriced, just like they always were; mainly because of the huge amount of taxes, but that's another issue. biggrin.gif
Interesting. I am curious to see if prices would stay the same in the US, were they to require unlocked phones. I suspect they wouldn't for the reasons I already mentioned, but I could certainly be wrong.
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That would never happen in the US sadly.

why wink.gif
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