A turning point for open gadgets?
Posted Aug 4, 2007 0:29 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata
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In principle, also, carriers can block phones, but in the GSM world this sort of thing doesn't really commonly happen. The whole idea is that you stick your carrier's SIM in any GSM-conforming phone you want, and you're hooked up.
A friend who has a GSM phone in the US told me a few days ago that GSM openness is only a European thing. His carrier locks his phone so that he and his wife, e.g., cannot swap SIM cards/phones.
I was not aware such locking was technically possible, but since it is, it's what I would expect from US carriers, since marrying equipment and service has always been central to their business model.
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