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    icemelter
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    Why do phones still come locked? It makes no sense! You purchase a phone for so much money only to be limited to one company. I can understand when years ago you were given a phone for very little or even free with a contract, then it makes some sense. But nowadays when you purchase phones for pretty much full price, why be locked to a company? Even when you get a “prepaid” phone from a store such as the ones AT&T sell at best buy or wherever, it is locked to that specific company. They will not unlock it for you unles you use their service for a consecutive amount of time usually 6 months which is more money and time than you can wait for. When you purchase a computer you can use any internet provider. When you purchase anything, you are free to use it however youd like. Why are companies still selling locked phones you should be able to choose whatever provider you want! And why is internet still so expensive in 2018 as if it just came out! And you cant even choose different providers since every company has control on certain territories of their own!

    #1543552

    Joseph
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    Broadband internet providers in most of the U.S. are duopolies, so there isn’t much competition.

    #1543551

    Joseph
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    It is only locked if you buy it on a payment plan. Once you finish paying off the phone they will unlock it upon request.

    #1543550

    Takes2-2tango
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    Try amazon or ebay. Ive personally had luck with amazon. Just make sure to vet the sellers before buying

    #1543561

    Midwest2
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    It’s called monopoly, and we’re suposed to have laws against it – unless you’re big enough to buy/intimidate Congress.

    #1543574

    icemelter
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    Joseph-“Broadband internet providers in most of the U.S. are duopolies, so there isn’t much competition.”
    -Thats the problem, and internet is probably more expensive than when it first came out and with absolutely no reason aside for the fact that they can take advantage of the customers, being that they are the only provider offered. Everything else went down, tv,, phone, cell phone plans which you can get for $20 unlimited. Internet which is so popular and required nowadays just keeps going up. Totally unfair.

    “It is only locked if you buy it on a payment plan. Once you finish paying off the phone they will unlock it upon request.”
    – Yes but as I’ve mentioned they also sell packaged “prepaid” phones that you can buy at the store and they will not unlock those for you unless you pay for service and for an extended amount of months. I mean your paying for the phone so why does it hurt them? If anything if its not the service you want then you wont buy the phone from them. But if it were able to be used on any service of choice, more people would buy their phones and the sales would go way up. So in a way, they are actually limiting themselves by locking these “prepaid” phones that they sell. Besides maybe that customer would choose their service anyways so by locking the phones they are just losing.

    Takes2-“Try amazon or ebay. Ive personally had luck with amazon. Just make sure to vet the sellers before buying”
    -ya i know that its possible to buy unlocked but the price gets jacked up and also almost all sellers are unreliable. They advertise new but they are in fact refurbished especially ebay. Maybe only if you buy directly from Amazon and not a seller you have a better chance. I dont know why companies just cannot let the consumer be happy with their purchase and use the product as they wish. Its like this forbidden feeling that the companies have regarding not locking your phone.

    #1543938

    👑RebYidd23
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    Printers also come locked.

    #1544031

    icemelter
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    Printers come locked? To what.

    #1544104

    👑RebYidd23
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    To the brand’s cartridges.

    #1544270

    Midwest2
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    You can get “generic” printer cartridges just like you can get generic drugs. Office Depot, for one, sells recycled and refilled toner cartridges that cost half the price of the brand-name ones and work just fine. Check on line and save some money.

    #1544292

    icemelter
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    Rebyid-“Printers also come locked.”

    Printers requiring specific cartridges is really not the same as companies locking phones. Cartridges are a compatibility matter. Besides you can get generic ink so that alone invalidates that comparison.

    A phone is compatible with mutliple carriers but is limited when locked which is an intentional thing that the company does. Not because it’s incompatible work orher companies.
    Aside from not being able to use your phone with other carriers, you also won’t be able to use it overseas if it’s locked which is pretty sad seeing how you purchase a phone and can’t even use it if you travel, which is something it’s capable of doing except that the company blocked you from enjoying your product.

    #1544328

    Takes2-2tango
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    What you could do to make your phone work abroad is as follows. Rent or borrow a mifi or similar product. Activate it to the country your going to use it in . Download from the app store a google # or similar onto your locked smartphone . switch your phone to wifi only . Pair your phone to the mifi unit and your good to go. You can also use your tablet off this mifi. It works flawlessly as long as your mifi is having a good signal.

    #1544364

    takahmamash
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    I dont know why companies just cannot let the consumer be happy with their purchase and use the product as they wish. Its like this forbidden feeling that the companies have regarding not locking your phone.

    Look, you always have a choice. If you want to buy the phone from your cell provider, you take the risk of having a locked phone. If you want an unlocked phone, buy it new from a reliable place. This isn’t rocket science, and in the scheme of things, it’s not worth obsessing about.

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