The UK is banning sale of carrier-locked phones from December 2021

27 October 2020
Some British carriers already sell only unlocked phones, the others have a year to make the change.

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MattyL, 28 Oct 2020Work for a phone shop in the UK. What we really need (as op... morelmao what? Why do you care who's buying or selling drugs? Not giving my info for something like that, it should be basically anonymous

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Jimbob, 28 Oct 2020Most phones are unlocked for years now. Its just EE that lo... moreclueless and wrong, iPhones can and ARE carrier locked by some networks, dont go spounting your mouth being pro apple anti android, my iphone SE 2 was carrier locked when I bought it from a network, (which I was aware off before hand) my samsung Note 20 ultra was NOT sim locked because I bought it from an online carrier who only stock sim unlocked devices for all networks

  • MattyL

Work for a phone shop in the UK. What we really need (as opposed to the prohibition of carrier locked pay as you go phones) is the registration of base customer details at the time of purchase for PAYG to combat our county lines drug dealing.

  • Anonymous

it's 2020 and some country still have carrier locked phones??

  • Ayan Crownyse

Mazal TOV
In israel it's banned from 2012 ^_^;

They need that on Australia too. Even unlocking phones and prepaids can cost a lot. There is also market restrictions on the availability of outright unlocked phones, and on those who used to service by selling them. Now, there is a large lack of brand variety, and rising prices, with resellers who used to sell some reasonable variety stopped years back.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 27 Oct 2020I wonder what is the situation in Japan like, because i hea... moreThere are a lot of ex-japan unlocked phone in SE Asia, like sony, sharp or fujitsu for as low as $100 for flagship spec

It can be flashed international rom,, but lose some fuction like NFC

  • Jimbob

Most phones are unlocked for years now. Its just EE that locks them & charges for it to be unlocked

Anonymous, 27 Oct 2020Great move. Unlocked phones are the best. No sim lock no bl... more👍

  • Anonymous

Great move. Unlocked phones are the best. No sim lock no bloatware more storage faster updates.

Anonymous, 27 Oct 2020I wonder what is the situation in Japan like, because i hea... moreAs in 💡

  • Anonymous

I wonder what is the situation in Japan like, because i heard they took their carrier-locked phones to another level.

Meanwhile Mobile Number Portability, VoLTE, and Unlocked Phones are something we Indians take for granted.

Anonymous, 27 Oct 2020Yeah I've been with O2 for decades , I always unlocked... moreI try to buy direct where I can unless, someone like O2, has it for cheaper haha

  • Anonymous

Carrier-locked phones have never been a thing here. All phones come unlocked so thas good

Anonymous, 27 Oct 2020I wouldn't touch carphone warehouse anymore Last time I bought a phone from them was 1996,then you could pay buy cash,then they reverted to card payments only,alarm bells rang then for me,ppl getting scammed with phone insurance ECT ECT,😠

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NomiHK786, 27 Oct 2020I've never had to 'unlock' them on O2. Maybe... moreYeah I've been with O2 for decades , I always unlocked them day one , even did one in the store while they finished up my accessories and stuff, but I now buy direct from manufacturers

  • Anonymous

chris1998, 27 Oct 2020Couldn't imagine buying a phone thru network directly.... moreI wouldn't touch carphone warehouse anymore

Should've never been allowed in the first place. Imagine buying an oven that only works with a particular gas company

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Anonymous, 27 Oct 2020Wow, people are actually still getting carrier-locked phone... moreYeah I think Denmark stopped it in 2010 too. The company 3 (three) was the last to do it.