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#1 dudeone

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:46 PM

AS U.S. MAKES SMARTPHONE UNLOCKING ILLEGAL, CANADA PONDERS MANDATING CARRIERS UNLOCK SMARTPHONES





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January 29, 2013
at 2:28 PM by Brad Reed

While we don’t expect police will start arresting 9-year-old girls for unlocking their Winnie the Pooh smartphones anytime soon, we can’t say that the newly enacted American law that outlaws unlocking your smartphone sets a good precedent. Contrast this with what our neighbors to the north are pondering: According to CBCNews, Canada’s top telecom regulator wants to not only limit the early termination fees that wireless carriers can charge but also mandate that carriers unlock their smartphones under “reasonable terms.” Even more amazingly,CBC says that the country’s wireless carriers have actually praised the proposed new rules, as a Telus spokesman said they were “a good start to work from.” A public hearing on the proposed rules is scheduled to occur next month.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:36 PM

Makes me proud to be Canadian, imagine being able to do what you want with something that is yours! What a concept.Posted Image
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:39 PM

What does unlocking a smartphone do?
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:43 PM

What does unlocking a smartphone do?

lets you use your phone with any carrier.

edit: in other words you are not locked into having to get service from a particular company but can use your phone on any network.

Edited by Aladeen, 29 January 2013 - 08:45 PM.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:05 PM

So say Telus isn't offering the iPhone 6, but Rogers is. I could buy the phone from Rogers and use a Telus plan?!?
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:19 PM

I would rather pay 50 bucks a month with unlimited nationwide everything and have a locked phone, which I would just order through Canada, then whatever crap 50 bucks gets you a month in Canada.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:50 PM

For those of us that go international and buy SIM cards once we're on the ground, this is a good plan.

Of course, for those of us that go international, we tend to buy our phones elsewhere than Canada.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:54 PM

Smartphones, may as well just burn your money.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:56 PM

I would rather pay 50 bucks a month with unlimited nationwide everything and have a locked phone, which I would just order through Canada, then whatever crap 50 bucks gets you a month in Canada.


Well, unlocked phone also has its advantages as you can use it overseas or when you are travelling abroad and just want to pop in a sim card
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:40 PM

I would rather pay 50 bucks a month with unlimited nationwide everything and have a locked phone, which I would just order through Canada, then whatever crap 50 bucks gets you a month in Canada.

Not too shabby.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:43 PM

So say Telus isn't offering the iPhone 6, but Rogers is. I could buy the phone from Rogers and use a Telus plan?!?


Basically. But that wouldn't ever happen, if a major carrier didn't bring in the new iPhone they would lose oodles of cash.
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:16 AM

Most contracts already requires you to pay extra should you terminate it too early.

Well, at least this will make smaller companies who may not lock phones more attractive, thus creating more competition.
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:29 AM

Most contracts already requires you to pay extra should you terminate it too early.

Well, at least this will make smaller companies who may not lock phones more attractive, thus creating more competition.

My carrier (roger's) no longer charges you to pay extra should you terminate your contract but rather they expect to get back the discount received on the phone for signing your contract. This cost decreases month to month by a set amount.
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:46 AM

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:58 PM

There is a strong push in the US to protect proprietary gear on proprietary networks.
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:09 PM

There is a strong push in the US to protect proprietary gear on proprietary networks.


but the phones will work on any network until the phone company's add software to make them work only on their own network. Unlocking them is actually fixing the crap that was installed by/for the phone companies.
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:28 PM

but the phones will work on any network until the phone company's add software to make them work only on their own network. Unlocking them is actually fixing the crap that was installed by/for the phone companies.

Not true. Compare the difference between Sprint/Verizon and ATT. While Sprint/Verizon has started to roll out LTE, most of their phones use CDMA whereas ATT uses LTE/GSM.

Edited by jmfaminoff, 02 February 2013 - 06:31 PM.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:32 PM

Not true. Compare the difference between Sprint/Verizon and ATT. While Sprint/Verizon has started to roll out LTE, their most of their phones use CDMA whereas ATT uses LTE/GSM.


so unlocking a phone then achieves nothing?
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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:36 PM


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Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:37 PM

so unlocking a phone then achieves nothing?

You can only use a CDMA phone on a CDMA network. It will not work on an GSM/LTE network. So if you have a Sprint phone and unlock it, you could take it over to Verizon. And if you go to Europe, you may not get a signal at all.

http://mobiledevices...-Preferable.htm

Edited by jmfaminoff, 02 February 2013 - 06:37 PM.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:21 PM

So, you say there are 2 competing technology's coming down the pipe. Ok. How many companies are there and will they all choose a proprietary ystem or go with one of the two? Canada has how many CP carriers and how many systems/technologies do we use? How many are there in the states? Seems that the US gov't is making it illegal to move between companies because they think there is an issue. Ever heard of world phones? This is a manufactured issue,

Edited by hudson bay rules, 02 February 2013 - 08:23 PM.

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