Among the Group of Seven (G7) nations -- which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States -- Canada happens to have the most expensive mobile rates. On top of that, users based in the Great Big North often have to pay at least $50 to have their mobile devices unlocked when they decide to switch to another network.
LG is now releasing unlocked versions of its latest flagship device, the G6 phablet. These unlocked editions can be purchased from online retailers or preordered directly from the South Korean tech giant’s official website. With regards to pricing, Amazon currently offers an unlocked LG G6 unit at a price of $630, while B&H and LG itself are selling the smartphone for $700.
Similar to what it has done for previous iPhone releases, Apple is now offering SIM free editions of its latest flagship devices, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Before these new versions, only iPhone 7 units tied to specific mobile operators were made available during the first few weeks since the newest models hit the market.
Shortly after Google officially introduced its two newest smartphone offerings -- the Pixel and the Pixel XL, reports immediately surfaced that Verizon Wireless was to be the exclusive carrier of the devices in the United States mobile market. But there are other reports too saying that the Pixel handsets will be made available as unlocked devices that can work on other networks.
HTC first introduced its Desire 530 smartphone back in February early this year during the 2016 Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, Spain, together with other handsets such as the Desire 630 and the Desire 825. The Desire 530 generated some buzz with regards to its design which was inspired by streetwear fashion (more on that later).
The Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact smartphones have been made available by Sony in European regions and other markets for a number of months now. However, the Japanese tech giant has not launched these two flagship devices yet in the United States.
In October of last year, Motorola had announced that it had no plans of providing support for Android 6.0 Marshmallow on editions of its Moto X (2014 version) that were locked to specific wireless carriers. Understandably, owners of the device were not too happy with the announcement. But now, it appears that the phone maker is easing on its previous declaration.
AT&T is suing three of its former cell phone sales representatives in the state of Washington for allegedly contributing to the unlocking of thousands of cell phones so that the devices could work on any wireless carrier’s network. This trio of sales reps previously employed by the second biggest wireless carrier in the United States all hail from cities outside of the general Seattle metropolitan area.
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