Keep BlackBerry, switch carrier with new bill

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As they proved with their election of the Terminator, California is well on it’s way to turning the world on it’s head. A new legislation’s been introduced to help customers tell their carriers to kick rocks and keep their current cell phone, all wrapped in a little something called Senate Bill 158.

The senator is calling for new legislation. Consumers would be able to use their cell phone even after changing carriers. “We see it as the government standing up for consumers where consumers have no choice,” said Florez. “This is a monopoly if you think about it.”

“If you buy it and you do, you should be able to change to any carrier without any additional charges you own it, not Cingular, Nextel,” said cell phone owner Kurt Dalton. Bluetooth owner Dalton added that the Blackberry, Razor [sic], and the hottest phone in the future are still going to sell.

Well then. If the possibility of this bill getting passed doesn’t brighten your day, I don’t know what will. Unfortunately, I’m stuck in -21 weather. And this bill doesn’t affect Canada. Cue the violin.

  • Jeffrey Mac

    Even if this bill is passd the carriers are going to clam that you did not pay full price for the phone. This will cause one of two things; pay the remaining balance or higher priced phones up front. I would personally rether just get a new phone with the new carrier.

  • Jeffrey Mac

    Even if this bill is passd the carriers are going to clam that you did not pay full price for the phone. This will cause one of two things; pay the remaining balance or higher priced phones up front. I would personally rether just get a new phone with the new carrier.

  • JEF

    This has been tried a number of times. Everytime the courts reject the state laws, because the Federal government has the power to regulate wireless companies. States cannot impose regulation that goes beyond what the FCC or Congress permits.

    See:

    Cellco P’ship v. Hatch, 431 F.3d 1077 (8th Cir. 2005)

    Bastien v. AT&T Wireless Servs., 205 F.3d 983 (7th Cir. 2000)

    National Ass’n Of State Utility Consumer Advocates v. F.C.C., 457 F.3d 1238 (11th Cir. 2006)

  • JEF

    This has been tried a number of times. Everytime the courts reject the state laws, because the Federal government has the power to regulate wireless companies. States cannot impose regulation that goes beyond what the FCC or Congress permits.

    See:

    Cellco P’ship v. Hatch, 431 F.3d 1077 (8th Cir. 2005)

    Bastien v. AT&T Wireless Servs., 205 F.3d 983 (7th Cir. 2000)

    National Ass’n Of State Utility Consumer Advocates v. F.C.C., 457 F.3d 1238 (11th Cir. 2006)

  • Chris

    This is such a funny article. No one understands how the carriers keep from themselves … While Cingular and T-Mobile as well as most of the other countries can exchange mobile units (aka cellphones), Verizon and Sprint are stuck on switching phones between each other and maybe a handful other companies around the globe.

    This is because of the technology which these carriers use. While Cingular and T-Mobile use the GSM global standard, Verizon and Sprint use CDMA which only a handful carriers use outside the US.

    it would be a smart move for everybody to go GSM so one can actually get whatever phone they want and keep it even if he/she transfers carriers … This bill wouldn’t be even an issue if that was the case …

    i don’t understand why verizon and sprint use a non-global standard thus having that stupid aura of you can only use whatever phones they have …

    if you have a GSM phone, you can switch carriers as much as you want …

    (though there’s an issue with a small unlock code which locks a phone to a carrier’s settings which can be easily fixed)

    enjoy and learn …

  • Chris

    This is such a funny article. No one understands how the carriers keep from themselves … While Cingular and T-Mobile as well as most of the other countries can exchange mobile units (aka cellphones), Verizon and Sprint are stuck on switching phones between each other and maybe a handful other companies around the globe.

    This is because of the technology which these carriers use. While Cingular and T-Mobile use the GSM global standard, Verizon and Sprint use CDMA which only a handful carriers use outside the US.

    it would be a smart move for everybody to go GSM so one can actually get whatever phone they want and keep it even if he/she transfers carriers … This bill wouldn’t be even an issue if that was the case …

    i don’t understand why verizon and sprint use a non-global standard thus having that stupid aura of you can only use whatever phones they have …

    if you have a GSM phone, you can switch carriers as much as you want …

    (though there’s an issue with a small unlock code which locks a phone to a carrier’s settings which can be easily fixed)

    enjoy and learn …

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