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ALSO CALLED: Mobile Phones, Cell Phones, Mobile Telephones, Wireless Phones, Cellular Telephones
DEFINITION: An unlocked cell phone is a cellulartelephone handset that can be used with more than one service provider, making it easy for auser to switch from one cellular network toanother.The sequence of steps a user must perform in order to unlock a cell phone depends on theoriginal communications service provider and on the manufacturer of the phone set. Some cell phonesets can be unlocked by inputting codes  … 
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WIRELESS TELEPHONES DEFINITION (continued): …  to modify the software in theunit. Other sets require the purchase of special cables or modification of the internal hardwareas well as reprogramming of the phone's data settings. In the wake of the U.S. Copyright Office'sdecision in November 2006 to allow cell-phone unlocking for at least three years thereafter,numerous companies began to offer unlocking services for a fee.Proponents of cell-phone unlocking argue that consumers should be free to change their networkwhen a subscription contract expires without having to discard hardware they purchased outright.Some cell-phone service providers, … 
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