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A bit of big (albeit nerdy) news last week came from the FCC and CTIA, wherein the governmental entity in charge of all those public airwaves and the wireless industry's advocacy group announced a set of standards for allowing us (the customers) to SIM unlock our phones.

Theoretically, that's a big deal because removing those locks is the first step in being able to use any phone on any network here in the United States.

But as we talked about on our most recent podcast, it's maybe more a symbolic victory than anything else. Technical hurdles still remain. Have a listen.


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Nine minutes on SIM unlocking your smartphone


Except that a phone's supported bands and technologies has more to do with moving from carrier to carrier than artificial locking.

But with advanced lte in a few years, that point should be moot

As per request, comments containing "THIS" and "AGREED" are hereby outlawed. Use "Spot on old chap" or something similar. Also by request, I have increased the size of my signature and added a few more dashes. No one should suggest how another person posts. Unless it is that "FIRST" crap. That absolutely adds nothing.

Nobody beats NoNexus' signature! Period! This signature pimp slaps all other signatures!

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And that is why a Nexus5 is better. You buy it, you can use it anywhere, Except with Verizon, cause they do not care about customers, they care about money! Lol jk but yeah!

It's always funny when people always say businesses only care about money. It's called capitalism. Seems like the younger generation has been conditioned to think making money is a bad thing and is evil. Not saying you but seems to be a theme on tech forums.

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Well you can make money by milking something for all it's worth, but you can also make money by designing the perfect product for consumers. Many customers feel that Apple designed the perfect several generations ago. Now they're milking every cent they can get out of it. Motorola seems interested in making that perfect product, and Google and T Mobile are inclined to help.

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Nobody's milking anything, no one is forcing people to buy a specific product, unless your the government. A smart phone is a luxury not a necessity. There has to be a reason Verizon has the most customers, apparently they are doing something right. If someone has a problem with their business model they can leave. Other choices are out there.

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Agree with you. They seem to think making money is a bad thing but at the same time they feel entitled to money made by someone else. How perversely retarded is that.

Good response Erik Johnson3. If companies weren't allowed to make money, then they would cease to exist. If my employer all of a sudden felt it was bad to make money off of our customers, then I would be looking for a job immediately! Verizon isn't in business to give away free service. They wouldn't be able to afford the bills to maintain it, or to afford the salaries of the thousands of people who work for them.

If you don't like how much a company is making, then stop buying from that company.

Something we should have mentioned but didn't was that (obviously) we're talking about domestic use. The technical limitations partially (but not completely) go away overseas.

Can't help but think that with all the moves going around, mergers, etc, that the carriers already are getting ready for such a business model. Then what phone selection they offer is meaningless, especially subsidies. We may even see stand alone stores that sell phones only, like within bestbuy already, with no carrier affiliations.

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Believe it or not, there are other unlocked phones you can buy that don't say "Nexus" on the back, too, that carry the same bands (or more) in many cases. Sure Nexus phones may be a gold standard, but unlocked devices from all manufacturers do exist.

But but but if you say Moto G, you'll be accused of being on the Motorola payroll.

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Carriers should do the right thing and automatically unlock all phones when the contract, if any, is over, even if the customer remains with the carrier.

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From the new CTIA guidelines:

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.

So they must automatically unlock them or provide the easy route to unlocking. Can't really expect the carriers to go much farther than that.