Chile requires all cell phones to be unlocked as of this week

By Matthew · 11 replies
Jan 5, 2012
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  1. The Republic of Chile has joined a handful of nations in forcing cell phone companies to sell unlocked devices. As of this past Monday, January 2, the sale of carrier-locked…

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  2. A good move IMO, though prices for pay as you go packages may simply go up as a result. That would certainly be the case if they tried that here in the UK.

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  3. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    Definitely a good move in my book, I'm with Orange in the UK and they'll unlock your phone after 3 months for a fee of £20. Maybe the UK should employ a similar rule except make it mandatory to be free of charge after 3 months of being locked?

    I'm sure if more country's followed suite then prices for phones would go up at first but eventually even out and become cheaper, plus way more competition for mobile providers to provide better reception and faster networks as it would be very easy to simply switch to another provider.
  4. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    Also, we now own the number if we either buy a prepaid phone or get a plan, we don't like the company we go to the other with the same number, instead of being stuck in a company we didn't like just to keep the same number =)

    PD: Chilean here
  5. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    How does that work? I know it is some kind of code here in the UK you have to get out of your provider to get your number transferred to another provider, is it a similar system but you get given the code when you purchase the number?
  6. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Posts: 3,073   +97

    They do the same in France except you don't need to pay a fee (at least in my experience with SFR). They will also let you switch to a cheaper plan after this period.

    @Kibaruk - Have smartphone prices gone up as a result of this new law requiring all handsets to be sold unlocked? I suppose they shouldn't since you would still have the same subsidies and would be required to pay early termination fees if you want to move to another carrier before your current contract is up.
  7. Good move Chile, now I hope other Countries follow suite.
  8. blimp01

    blimp01 TS Enthusiast Posts: 144

    What exactly do you get when you unlock a phone?
  9. You are able to use your unlocked phone ANY mobile carrier.That has the compatible network for that phone.I assume once LTE 4g is more readily available that will help. Since most carriers are going that direction.
  10. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    Nope, the prices are the same but they do have termination fees when you get a phone with a plan in order to pay the remaining price of the phone in case you finish the contract sooner than expected.
  11. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Guru Posts: 306   +73

    In the US, subscriber can carry the same phone number to any carrier since a few years ago, but all phones are still locked. I hope this will change soon, although TMobile did unlock my old Galaxy S for free when I travelled broad. I am not sure if they would do that for all their phones though.
  12. "In 2010, it became the first country to legally enforce net neutrality, forbidding ISPs from interfering with, discriminating against or in any way hindering access to content, applications or services."

    Well ****ing A. At least one country in this world knows how to properly handle the internet.

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