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    Smile Phone Unlocking Now Attracting the Attention of Washington Insiders

    Next to my love of all things Android, few things compare to my love of politics. The National Journal (a magazine aimed at Washington insiders, think congressional staffers, congress people, lobbyists and such) posted a story about the phone unlocking petition. Maybe we'll get our way on this! Now we need to get this on mainstream media like CNN and the NBC nightly news. Momentum is building (I hope).

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    Why Won't the Government Let You Unlock Your Phone? 100,000 People Want to Know - NationalJournal.com
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    Anyone think this will move the needle at all?
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    As long as there's a reasonable unlocking policy at the carrier level, I don't think it's that big of a deal.

    Plus with unsubsidized options becoming more and more available, it's making this even less of an issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkbig View Post
    Anyone think this will move the needle at all?
    The petition drive isn't intended to move the needle. When a petition reaches 100,000 votes, it gets sent to the White House which reviews the petition and releases an official statement. That statement is just intended to be a starting point for any policy changes. That's my understanding.

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    As long as there's a reasonable unlocking policy at the carrier level, I don't think it's that big of a deal.

    Plus with unsubsidized options becoming more and more available, it's making this even less of an issue.
    Not to belittle your statement, but there aren't a whole lot of modern, unsubsidized options beyond the Nexus phone.



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    Quote Originally Posted by droidmyme View Post
    The petition drive isn't intended to move the needle. When a petition reaches 100,000 votes, it gets sent to the White House which reviews the petition and releases an official statement. That statement is just intended to be a starting point for any policy changes. That's my understanding.
    Isn't this moving the needle? If this is the start of a policy change I think the needle is being moved. Albeit slowly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by droidmyme View Post
    Not to belittle your statement, but there aren't a whole lot of modern, unsubsidized options beyond the Nexus phone.

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    Unsubsidized has always been an option. You're probably thinking more of the cheap, no-carrier interference route.

    T-Mobile's switch to payments plans vs. subsidizing is a big step too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ry View Post
    Unsubsidized has always been an option. You're probably thinking more of the cheap, no-carrier interference route.

    T-Mobile's switch to payments plans vs. subsidizing is a big step too.
    Can you please explain what unsubsidized means then. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkbig View Post
    Isn't this moving the needle? If this is the start of a policy change I think the needle is being moved. Albeit slowly.
    Maybe. All I mean is that, just because something reaches 100,000 petitions doesn't mean they will actually do anything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by droidmyme View Post
    Can you please explain what unsubsidized means then. Thanks

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    Full price. Carrier phones can still come unsubsidized. It only has to do with the price, not the bloatware.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ry View Post
    Full price. Carrier phones can still come unsubsidized. It only has to do with the price, not the bloatware.
    I just assumed that unsubsidized always existed in factory unlocked international versions. But I suppose that's limited to only the international versions. You're suggesting that if unsubsidized takes off, a carrier like T-Mobile's might, say, offer their entire line up this way?

    Thanks, I'm not familiar with the specifics.

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    Default Re: Phone Unlocking Now Attracting the Attention of Washington Insiders

    Quote Originally Posted by droidmyme View Post
    I just assumed that unsubsidized always existed in factory unlocked international versions. But I suppose that's limited to only the international versions. You're suggesting that if unsubsidized takes off, a carrier like T-Mobile's might, say, offer their entire line up this way?

    Thanks, I'm not familiar with the specifics.

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    Yes.

    BTW, going to AT&T and buying a Galaxy S3 at the full retail price means you're buying it unsubsidized. And you can do that today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ry View Post
    Yes.

    BTW, going to AT&T and buying a Galaxy S3 at the full retail price means you're buying it unsubsidized. And you can do that today.
    Isn't that the main draw for folks signing contracts?

    You can't really say signing up is about network coverage, because all four main carriers have MVNOs. Interesting to see where it all leads!

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