Ofcom plans ban on mobile firms selling ‘locked’ phones - MSE News

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Mobile phone companies would be banned from selling 'locked' handsets under new plans from the communications regulator, which also aim to make switching broadband network easier...
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  • minislim
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    wonder how this will work in regards to Iphones?
    as they lock to the first network used when activated from new?
  • sdduk
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    minislim wrote: »
    wonder how this will work in regards to Iphones?
    as they lock to the first network used when activated from new?

    Not all lock to first sim...Giff Gaff are not locked and from Apple themselves are not locked.....So all Apple have to do is sell them Unlocked to there suppliers
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  • MothballsWallet
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    When it comes to Ofcom, I'll take "Something that'll be poorly thought out and enforced" for 1,000 please Alex.
  • d123
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    minislim wrote: »
    wonder how this will work in regards to Iphones?
    as they lock to the first network used when activated from new?

    This hasn't been the case since around 2014 iirc. If an iPhone is sold as unlocked it is now unlocked for all sims.
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  • grumbler
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    edited 1 January 2020 at 4:28PM
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    MSE_Callum wrote: »
    Mobile phone companies would be banned from selling 'locked' handsets under new plans from the communications regulator...
    Ofcom sems to have no any reall business to do and aims is to take over EU bureaucrats to fill the gap after we leave EU.
  • esuhl
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    grumbler wrote: »
    Ofcom sems to have no any reall business to do and aims is to take over EU bureaucrats to fill the gap after we leave EU.


    Gasp! You mean all our problems won't be fixed when we leave the EU?! Who'd have thunk it!
  • Ian011
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    The EU brought us the ban on premium rate numbers for customer service lines, cancellation of roaming charges within the EU, and a cap on the charges for calling EU numbers from the UK.

    The total amount saved on telephone bills is almost as much as the UK's contribution to EU funding.
  • phillw
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    Ian011 wrote: »
    The EU brought us the ban on premium rate numbers for customer service lines, cancellation of roaming charges within the EU, and a cap on the charges for calling EU numbers from the UK.

    How very dare they. Coming over here, improving our consumer rights.
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