The opposite side to this is that Vodafone and NTT DoCoMo won't let you
fully use your own handset even if you pay for it. They don't publish the
operator settings for Web or email leaving you with nothing but voice and
SMS unless you buy one of their phones -- that's not very nice either.
I'm sure with number portability this will start to change. They won't let
you keep your handset. You have to buy another one. That's silly,
especially when in some cases they sell the same phone (Nokia 6630).
But how come I can't get my phone unlocked. Once I've subscribed then it's
my phone, not something I am renting or borrowing from the carrier. And
unlocking it doesn't mean I am stealing service -- like a hacked pay TV
decoder would allow my free access.
keitai-l-bounce_at_appelsiini.net wrote on 09/04/2006 11:34:14:
> landk's business is indeed in a grey area, and most probably landk will
> be made guilty anyway (since its business is making heavy loss on
> "sondafone" business).
> but unlocking itself is supposed to be legal, as it is in other
> the soumusho (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications) who
> oversees cell phone operators, seems to be working in the direction of
> making unlocking a user's right:
> http://www.soumu.go.jp/s-news/2006/pdf/060719_2_3_6.pdf (in japanese)
> at the moment, no matter how long a user has used the phone and how much
> he/she has paid cumulatively to the operator, he/she is not given option
> to unlock.
> On Sun, 3 Sep 2006 20:03:17 +0900
> "keitai guy" <lister_at_pikkle.com> wrote:
> > > Err... I wonder if the geniuses in the Softbank marketing department
> > > worked out that there might just be a demand for unlocked phonesfrom
> > > who aren't content to bend over and take it on the roaming fees?
> > hey genius - why do you think a $700 phone is free?
> > charge retail for it and the demand evaporates.
> > hence companies like landk are making a scam biz in the grey area
> in the middle.
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