Adam Krikstone krikstone at
Fri Jul 20 18:27:09 CEST 2007

As far as I know, no GSM provider blocks IMEI's.  I was responding to a 
person who asked whether it was possible. I do see troubling signs ahead 
coming from Telecommunication providers as consolidation continues.  
Their argument for net neutrality can easily be applied to wireless 
under the guise of maintaining "network quality."  All they have to do 
is spread FUD about linux and network "hackers" "compromising" GSM 
networks.  While it won't happen anytime soon, I wouldn't put anything 
past their ability and desires for greater customer control.

Ian Darwin wrote:
>>> There's
>>> nothing stopping a GSM provider from blocking all unbranded IMEI's,
>>> including your neo.
> There's nothing stopping a toll highway operator from blocking 
> unbranded cars either. But do they?  Does any GSM provider block 
> unbranded IMEIs?
> I know in Canada we have one GSM carrier (under two brands, Rogers + 
> Fido), and I have used several "generic" phones on this network 
> without trouble. It's the CDMA carriers that are used to blocking 
> phones, because there you have to take the phone into their store. 
> With GSM you just move the SIM over.
>> Now, if we want Operator Acceptance Testing with Neo, we have to sign
>> NDA, SLA with the operators?
> You were planning to *ask* if you can use YOUR phone on YOUR plan?
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