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Why do networks lock phones?

Why do networks bother to lock phones?

Most Useful Answer Treab  Sep. 15, 2011 at 17:23

to try to encourage you to remain with them. I.E say your on contract with orange then it expires it can encourage people of they keep the phone and go on PAYG to get a PAYG sim for that network...

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Treab  Sep. 15, 2011 at 17:23

to try to encourage you to remain with them. I.E say your on contract with orange then it expires it can encourage people of they keep the phone and go on PAYG to get a PAYG sim for that network...

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 15, 2011 at 19:37

Also, networks can keep up the pretense of offering choice and competitiveness be, e.g., selling a popular handset cheaper than the other guys... if you could just buy a bargain at O3 and then use it on Vodathong cause their signal's better, what would O3 gain? gain?

Treab  Sep. 15, 2011 at 19:43

vodathong... jan have you taken your medication today mate?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 15, 2011 at 19:48

I didn't wanna Name names :p

Treab  Sep. 15, 2011 at 19:49

you named 3 ;) even if you did confuse it with o2 :p

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 15, 2011 at 20:24

:D

Treab  Sep. 15, 2011 at 20:32

wtf is that smiley... looks ill...

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 15, 2011 at 20:34

It's the : D one, I think it's meant to be like a ":)" with added happiness :p.

Treab  Sep. 15, 2011 at 20:42

added happiness is right... looks like hes been neducated

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comunik8  Sep. 15, 2011 at 22:39

Especially with PAYG devices, they subsidise the price of the SIM free handset on the basis that a customer will top up X amount of times over the life time of the device. To ensure they get their money back (for essentially losing money at point of sale on the sim free cost) they lock the device to make sure the consumer doesn't use the phone on another network.

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