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[Q] Carriers Must Now Unlock After Contract Expiration

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Default [Q] Carriers Must Now Unlock After Contract Expiration

With the new deal struck by the FCC and wireless carriers, article linked below, once someone with a GS4 finishes their two year contract, Verizon will have to offer unlocking tools to the customer, or Verizon will have to unlock the phone themselves. I'm not savvy enough to know, but would carrier unlocked devices end up helping the developer community to unlock other devices still under contract (and thus still locked)? Would it make sense to put out a call to community members to contact a developer once their contract expires and Verizon unlocks their phone for them so that a developer could assist in retrieving files from the unlocked phone to examine?


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I would like to what kind of "unlock" this is.

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This is not a bootloader unlock but a carrier unlock meaning you will be free to take it to any other carrier. The point being if you sell your old phone since you have a new phone the buyer isn't restricted to only using Verizon. They should be able to buy the phone and take to whatever carrier they choose to.
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If a change in firmware isn't required to take a device to a carrier that doesn't lock bootloader, the question is could another carrier flash their firmware onto a Verizon device. And if so could you just bring it right back to Verizon.

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here is an article, http://www.androidheadlines.com/2013...-pressure.html

this is a already published piece of information, and already being discussed in other threads.
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