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Why are some mobiles more expensive to unlock?

Why are some mobiles more expensive to unlock than others?

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krogothnx  Apr. 21, 2014 at 15:42

I doubt you'll get an exact answer here (i'm pretty sure nobody really knows) but i would imagine it has something to do with how locked down the phone is, the manufacturer, the phone networks the phone is intended for, how new the phone is, etc etc.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 21, 2014 at 19:46

Yes. WP8 is a good example: they cannot be unlocked by geek force. Fact is: you need the unlock code from a network or MS... So that is what you pay for.
Samsung's Galaxies and OS7 Blackberries are the opposite. Easy.
Some require nifty expensive software/hardware - so you pay for that...

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 22, 2014 at 01:20

Some manufacturers and networks are greedier than others, basically. If the manufacturers and networks wanted to, there's no good reason all phones couldn't be unlocked with an app, like the Galaxy phone can.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 22, 2014 at 10:36

Some manufacturers and networks are greedier than others, basically. If the manufacturers and networks wanted to, there's no good reason all phones couldn't be unlocked with an app, like the Galaxy phone can. True. Pre-OS10 Blackberry phones could be unlocked with apps from the store, also.

I loved the way most WinMo were not sim-locked. The networks were allowed to brand them, but they were discouraged from locking them by M$ - and it makes sense... Business/smartphones oughta be usable when you travel.

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