Wireless Broadband

Encourage Wireless Companies to Unlock Phones at End of Contracts

Most people like purchasing cheaper, subsidized cell phones. Carriers are able to do this because they will regain some of the lost cost of buying a phone over time with a contract. However, once a contract is up one should no longer be forced be locked in with the same carrier on a cell phone we bought. The FCC should encourage wireless companies to allow phones to unlock the phone's sim card slot so it can work with other networks after the contract has ended. Since the consumer fulfilled the contract and owns their phone, one should be allow to it on any network he/she wants.

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Idea No. 116