It’s official: Five U.S. carriers have agreed to six new voluntary policies that will assist consumers in phone unlocks. Half of the new procedures take place within 90 days while the other half will follow over the next year.
Getting your out-of-contract or fully paid smartphone unlocked should be less of a hassle if the FCC has any say. And it does. It’s working with carriers to ease the process and actively telling consumers when their contract is up.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says his pressure tactics on the mobile industry over phone unlocking was not an isolated incident. He’d rather set policy through industry consent, but he says he’s not afraid to regulate.