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Telecom head of mobile Martin Butler says Telecom will not follow suit.
"We want our customers to choose to be with us for the value and services we offer, not because we've locked their handsets to our network," he says. "The handsets when purchased belong to our customers and from our perspective they're free to use them as they see fit."
rb85: I assumed that the current range of World Mode devices are not compatible with Telecoms GSM/WCDMA network - due to frequency.
sinner: The only scenario that I can see an unlocked phone being feasable is where the customer purchases the phone at the full acquisition price (not a subsidised $599 price, but at a $800-$900). Anything else, I think it's quite reasonable for Telecom to lock the customer's phone in for a period of time. Otherwise, what's to stop consumers getting a free/subsidised phone then switching providers a month later? Telecom do subsidise handsets by quite a bit currently.
sinner: Pay as you go are still subsidised. I agree with the early termination fee. But really you'll still get people complaining about that if, for example, the fee increases from $50 to $80. Personally I just think that unless the customer purchases the phone at the full acquisition price (which can be a few hundred more than the retail), it's reasonable to lock customers in.
mobygeek: Here's a spanner in the works. Mr Boss reckons The worldmode phones are NOT GSM phones. They are dual mode.