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    End of Mobile Phone Carrier Exclusivity in sight?

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    Mobile phone exclusivity can be a right pain for potential customers, especially if they simply don’t like a particular mobile carrier but want a mobile phone that is exclusive to them.

    However, mobile phone exclusivity may be coming to an end over in the US anyway as a report on tech.yahoo has it that US Senators have requested the regulators at the FCC to review the practice of locking mobile handsets to wireless carriers, such as the iPhone .

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    Greatness! They should have done that a long time ago. Nomore paying ppl to unlock our phones. Nomore having annoying carrier-based themes. I'm happy. Idk if yall aint.
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    This could be very exciting for a lot of people. I know I would like to try different devices and not have to switch carriers, plans...etc. I still won't be holding my breathe we are talking about the Government.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moderncowboy View Post
    This could be very exciting for a lot of people. I know I would like to try different devices and not have to switch carriers, plans...etc. I still won't be holding my breathe we are talking about the Government.
    I feel the same and also agree on the "G". When they get involved it becomes a mess and on top of that they will find some way to TAX it.

    It would be nice tho if this does happen.

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    I like this idea, but i would not count on it for a while.

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    Actually help consumers? Yeah, that would be nice. It is beyond irritating to constantly jump providers because of exclusivity. But then, contract times would probably extend out further because of this. Somehow, I don't think this will happen...it's just too beneficial to consumers.

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    I would say it is coming to an end. This doesn't mean you can get an iphone on verizon or sprint since they use a diffent type of network.
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    About time this happens, maybe then they start paying more attention to service then phones they provide.
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    That sounds like a really good idea. I hope I live to see this happen.
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    I would imagine if this could hypothetically happen it could change the fate of how a lot of these carriers will sell these non exclusive devices. In my opinion it could backfire and cause a sudden rise in costs and contracts as a result of a lot of these manufacturers having to design CDMA, GSM, and UMTS devices to be able to service all carriers across the board and be able to debut them all at the same time for each carrier.

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    This is crap!

    No way should government regulate how any of these company's work. The way I see it is this; These cell phone carriers are not hurting in any means. In today's horrible economy and all the bail out's that are taking place They should focus on those failing businesses not the thriving one's.

    Government telling you how you should run your company, how you should sell your products, and who your products can be soled to, sounds like socialism to me.
    Last edited by Capdot; 06-17-2009 at 02:07 PM.

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