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Tobester

join:2000-11-14
San Francisco, CA
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·SONIC.NET
reply to 8744675

Re: Should also reduce fraud..

said by 8744675:

On the down side, what is to stop the cell providers from listing someone's old phone once they upgrade to a new one, even if the old one hasn't been stolen? By turning the old phone into a brick, they could force people to buy new phones to get service.

I can't think the cellphone providers would want to do this since most everyone keeps their old phones as a backup device.


buddahbless

join:2005-03-21
Premium
Reviews:
·AT&T DSL Service
Once your out of contract or fulfilled your contract it I'm sure the providers will not only let you unlock your phone but provide you a clean IMEI from that point on. The thing is those people who dont fill out there contract and skip out on it 1/2 way through if they don't pay the ETF there phones IMEI may/will be put on the block list.

This may also change the current rules carriers have for ETF, they may also add on a prorated $ amount on top of the current ETF to cover the phone subsidy as well. dont pay the ETF and prorated phone subsidy amount? phone gets IMEI banned as well.

This can go so many ways...