Under current terms and conditions, unlocking is only allowed for international use. When are you going to change?
It appears the FCC has come to an agreement with the carriers on phone unlocking.
I am asking a Sprint representative to please answer this post, and clarify the unlocking policy and when this will take effect. I want full disclosure here, as my private property or owned hardware has proprietary code that I want removed. This code is preventing me from taking my hardware to another service provider. My attorney is already preparing the proper necessary claims starting next week, including posts that have been posted and removed by Sprint.
Don't expect to get an answer in here for your inquiry, especially if you say that you have your lawyer printing posts from here.
Just so you understand, that is an agreement, not a law, so Sprint is not even supposed to do anything if they feel like, specially since Congress passed a law that will give ppl that unlock from 3rd parties, 5 yrs in jail, and $500K fine.
You can read this too, not much info but you will get the official answer to your questions. Re: Sprint Reps, can you please help clarify?
Appreciate that, and I know I do not expect to hear from any representative from Sprint. My previous post is in reference to hardware, and who is the owner and you know the rest.
This case is of a different subject matter, as I posted initially. The FCC statement is laughable.
Thanks for posting. I understand you're wanting clarification on our unlocking policy and when it will take a effect. As this time, an official statement or announcement hasn't been released. Please stay tuned as more information will be forthcoming via www.sprint.com/newsroom.
Sprint Social Care Team
the main thing im wondering is when will the FCC enforce this? or if anything im sure there is a deadline as to when each carrier must start to abide by this..its not exactly something each of the carriers can just jump onto out of nowhere..it will be something they must add into their usual legal stuff and involve certain groups etc etc..as nice as it would be i dont see it happening to quickly...there are always hoops that can be jumped through when it comes to these types of things..i see all the carriers finding one way or another to slip past some of these rules.
the 3rd will be something that still keeps them in control of things..this much is easy to guess..what it will be is going to be the interesting part lol..wonder if gru has anything on this..i put out some feelers to get some feedback on it..i'll let you know once i hear something..
Well after further discussions with my attorney, my four pieces of hardware is limited to access service from another carrier.
I am biting the bullet, and just purchased unlocked hardware that will work on CDMA and GSM networks and cancelling my service with Sprint effective this week. My contract is up this month, and I will try to sell the used hardware. This process has been quite a learning experience and its a shame that this service provider is treating some customers poorly. 14 years of purchases has no meaning to Sprint, $30,000 plus business from me in that time frame. I have lost my faith in this company providing sound business practices, and it is a shame. I guess the market will dictate what Sprint looks like down the road. Thank you everybody for your posts. Good luck to all.
hmmm, I'm not sure you realize you live in US and that all the carriers have the same policies and congress always backs up big companies and not their costumers.
Unless you buy an unlocked phone from AT&T and T-Mobile, you can't really do much with the phone (as far as jumping from carrier to carrier) also Sprint phones will not work with AT&T or T-Mobile, so you are still limited to what you can do with your "unlocked " Sprint phone.
I do live in the USA and I do not believe that all carriers have the same policy.
The congressmen and women do not have the knowledge to position this correctly for the people that elected them.
Lets clarify some key points and tell me if I am misleading anyone;
(a) You are partially correct on your statement about unlocked phones from T-Mobile and AT&T. Consumers simply should not buy phones from any of the service providers.
(b)."Sprint phones" are not manufactured by Sprint, Sprint has coded proprietary software in the phone that prevents a consumer from choice.
(c) When purchasing a "device", consumers need to be aware of the different radios and frequency spectrum capabilities of the hardware.
(d) Currently, iPhone offers two different radio models, (CDMA + GSM) and (GSM only). The CDMA + GSM is technically a Verizon phone,
(e) If you purchase CDMA + GSM model hardware at the Apple store for full retail price, you can take it anywhere. (BE WARNED, if you take it to Sprint, they will "brick the hardware" preventing you from taking it anywhere else. (Might as well take the subsidy, and get screwed for two years with overzealous rates, poor service, and still not be able to take it to another provider.
I will state the following as profound change to the industry;
Manufacturers should simply sell the hardware direct to the consumer, and take the service providers out of the supply chain.
Sony sells direct, Motorola sells direct, Google sells direct. Apple Store sells direct.
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