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American mobile carriers volunteer to unlock cell phones

Companies across the U.S. have decided to comply with the deadline for unlocking smartphones.

For years, unlocking cell phones from American mobile carriers have caused nightmares and frustrations for consumers, but seven of these companies have now met an industry-created, voluntary deadline for unlocking those devices.

This will make it possible for consumers to take their smartphones from one service provider to another.

When mobile carriers had been stopping the unlocking of smartphones, it was making it extremely inconvenient for consumers to take their current devices from their current carriers over to another operator’s network. This required them to have to purchase a new device and re-load all of their contacts, apps, and other data if they changed carriers or even if they travelled to another country that was not within the reach of their home provider.

Now, with the voluntary compliance of seven U.S. mobile carriers, this will become much more pleasant for consumers.

Mobile Carriers - Unlock PhoneThat said, it is important to note that this still doesn’t necessarily mean that consumers will be able to hop from one carrier to the next without a second thought. It is important to note that even when a mobile device has been unlocked, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be compatible with the consumer’s new service provider of choice. Each carrier uses its own selection of wireless spectrum bands and technologies. Therefore, a consumer will need to first check to be sure that the device will actually be compatible with the desired company’s tech.

The deadline for the unlocking of the mobile devices was first set in December 2013. It was created by the wireless industry within a CTIA Consumer Code for Wireless Service provision. It states that the wireless service provider will unlock a consumer’s postpaid mobile device should the customer make that request, provided that the account is in good standing and the individual’s service contract terms have been met.

Mobile carriers will also wait no longer than one year after initial activation to unlock prepaid devices and if that device isn’t automatically unlocked, the companies will provide the owners of those devices with a notification when the time has come that their smartphone is eligible for unlocking.

Mobile technology is the latest prison currency

The stereotype may be cigarettes, but courts are finding that inmates are now trading illegal cell phones.

A new case before the Ipswich Crown Court has placed the spotlight on the one of the latest currencies to make their way into prisons, which involves mobile technology, typically in the form of illegal cell phones.

The case involved a man named Jason Brown, who was caught attempting to smuggle SIM cards into prison.

Brown was caught trying to smuggle a small quantity of cannabis, in addition to two SIM cards to be used in mobile technology devices, into a jail in order to give them to a serving prisoner. The 19-year old revealed to investigators that he had been required to bring the banned items into the prison last year on September 20, because he owed someone money and that individual was forcing him to transport the items as payment.

This case had a broader importance, which was to place the spotlight on the role of illegal mobile technology in jail.

Mobile Technology - JailBrown managed to bring the SIM cards into the jail, but was caught taking something in a crisp packet out of his pocket and handing it over to a prisoner. The intervention by the staff was immediate and brown was detained. What was discovered in the packet was cannabis, the SIM cards for mobile devices, and a touch of spice that is believed to have been added in order to help to cover the odor of the drug.

According to prosecuting attorney, Andrew Jackson, in jail, various types of cell phone, smartphone, and associated accessories, such as SIM cards, are used as a “healthy currency”. On the other hand, Joanne Eley, the defending attorney, explained that although Brown had several prior convictions, there weren’t any that had anything to do with drug use or dealing. He had been dropped off at the prison and was informed that he would need to make his own arrangements to get home again.

Brown claimed that he did not know that drugs or mobile technology were contained within the package. In fact, according to Eley, Brown didn’t even know which inmate would be receiving the delivery. He gave a guilty plea for two offenses of having brought prohibited items into a jail.