carrier-locked GSM phones
Posted Aug 4, 2007 17:55 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata
In reply to: A turning point for open gadgets?
Parent article: A turning point for open gadgets?
Are you saying that a US carrier will allow a customer to use a phone not provided by the carrier? And can it be any GSM phone, or just one endorsed by the carrier?
One reason I have to be skeptical of that is that there is a controversy going on now with respect to some additional frequencies the US government is making available for wireless telephone (former analog TV frequencies). The question is whether owners of those frequencies should be required to offer them to users of all phones on an equal basis. The major existing carriers have opposed it -- they want to buy these frequencies and make them available for use with only certain equipment, as they can today.
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