FOSDEM'10: Maemo 6 platform security
Posted Feb 12, 2010 12:31 UTC (Fri) by buchanmilne
In reply to: FOSDEM'10: Maemo 6 platform security
Parent article: FOSDEM'10: Maemo 6 platform security
"it's up to the operator to decide if the device is sim-
locked or not, and up to the user to buy it or not, there is nothing Nokia
can do about it." which is blatantly wrong, as it is Nokia who provides
operators with the opportunity to sim-lock the device and content providers
to require a DRM software stack in the first place.
If you believe it is blatantly wrong to allow SIM card locking, then you
need to get your country's communications regulations changed to prohibit
For example, in South Africa, SIM locking is not allowed. I
haven't found it explicitly in the regulations, but the handset
subsidy regulations specifies conditions that can not be met (by
competing operators) if hand sets are locked.
The regulator has the power (in the mobile operator licenses) to force
the operators to do what is in the best interest of their "shareholders"
(you), whereas Nokia only has the power to offer a product to the operators
. If Nokia did not offer the feature, then in countries where SIM locking
is the norm Nokia would sell fewer phones via operator channels, and more
users would be locked into proprietary platforms and into networks.
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