Dan Gillmor blogs about a suit filed by a consumer group against mobile phone carriers which "lock" phones. The argument by the mobile carriers is that they subsidize part of the cost of the phone and therefore have the right to now allow customers to use the phone with other carriers. Dan makes some good arguments about why this may be a red herring. It will be interesting to see how this suit turns out.

In the mean time, a quick Google search will provide links to lots of people offering services and information about unlocking phones.

From a Japanese perspective, I'm quite envious that at least you're using open standards and have the option of unlocking phones. We can't even imagine using our current Docomo phones on any other network.

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Hi - just a comment about open standards..

The one advantage that analysts have pointed to the incredible success of the Docomo network is that they have created the de facto standard, and therein allowed a host of services to follow through rapidly (thanks to business model innovation more than technological innovation.)

I wonder if this is the same reason Apple has managed to do so well with integrating devices (eg. Bluetooth whatevers) and creating a super-easy user-experience. (While recognising that Apple haven't had nearly the same financial success as the wintel ecosystem).

Open standards ARE the way to go, but the impact of an installed (proprietary) base are huge ie. docomo 3G vs GSM 3G.

Anyone care to comment on this?

> From a Japanese perspective, I'm quite

> envious that at least you're using open

> standards and have the option of unlocking

> phones. We can't even imagine using our

>current Docomo phones on any other

> network.

That cuts both ways - I'd sure love to be able to use my US phone on DoCoMo when I'm in Japan too. Think of all the outrageous roaming fees that NTT could be raking in if only they ran GSM...

DoCoMo, KDDI, and others like them make it clear that what they're offering is a package deal; their proprietary services are supported by their proprietary devices and vice-versa. DoCoMo's customers, for example, agree to only "drive" a DoCoMo "train" on DoCoMo "tracks".

Contrast this against other parts of the world, where track gauge is standardized. Yet "train" companies attempt to subvert this extraordinary convenience in a reckless drive for profit. It's genius like this that will bring regulation back in a BIG way. Perhaps regulation is exactly what's needed.

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