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Chile bans sale of SIM-locked cellphones starting January 16

News by Dan Seifert on Wednesday January 04, 2012.

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The country of Chile has announced that it will require all cellphones sold to be unlocked starting January 16. Owners who purchased their phones before January 16 will be able to unlock them through a web interface with their IMEI and device information.

Chile says that this move is to designed to make cellphones more portable between carriers in the country. Both Singapore and Israel have similar laws on the books already, but most countries do not outlaw SIM-card locking by carriers. [via The Verge]

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