Marketing fodder for Neo: FCC presentation

Jeff Andros jeff at
Thu Feb 22 20:22:44 CET 2007

On 2/22/07, Gabriel Ambuehl <gabriel_ambuehl at> wrote:
> On Thursday 22 February 2007 19:43:26 Sam Kome wrote:
> > Yes, if the phone in question has been locked to another carrier:
> >
> >
> Still, nobody really forces you to buy SIM locked phone for all I know. If you
> want cheap phones, that is usually the price...
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in the U.S. carriers are basically the only "real" source of phones...
and they only sell one kind.  it's also next to impossible to buy a
plan without purchasing a phone as well(albeit a heavily subsidized
one).  while there are retailers that sell sim-unlocked phones most of
these are either internet order or slightly shady.  as I understand
it, most other places this is not the case but it's the reality here

when Sean's dad, or other "normal" consumers go out to purchase a
phone, the only trustworthy source they can really find is from the
carrier... so it's a self-perpetuating ecosystem


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