Three UK HAVE JUST POSTED a vine stating they sell all devices unlocked,a rather bold move and a good move at the same time,one mans loss is another mans gain,and competition is rife in the mobile industry.

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The unfortunate to loose out here would be the unlocking shops and the one who gains is three.

Reasons been why ireland need to follow suit and hopefully Three Ireland may follow this step.


Ok we are aware of new laws on roaming caps BUT there is a problem here,with europe divided in three zones ,euro zone 1 is where the caps are set once you go outside these you get fleeced when roaming.

Another reason being that you cant use a local sim when travelling and then you fall victim to the charges in whichever region you decide to go on holiday or travel with for work/business etc..



The ability to swap provider when you like.

An unlocked phone makes it all the easier to switch when you like should you have an inferior service or you find a better plan,this would suit mostly people on prep pay plans rather than the billpay due to the long 18/24 contracts now on offer,but we also have monthly plans too again an unlocked device can help make the move easier.

The hassle to get a phone unlocked whilst in contract.

As we know we are bound by rules to get an unlocking code and in ireland this can be a daunting process.

We have options to get out by having a certain spend amount with pre-pay and a certain amount of bills paid on a billpay plan,again you are restricted.

Depending on when you enter contract or buy a prepay device you could be travelling before all these terms and conditions become available for unlocking.

On average you would need to spend €140 on prepay or have paid X amount of bills,normally 6 or 7 or have spent an amount on the account over same period to obtain the unlocking code.

Buy out your contract.

This is another option but costly you can buy out remaining monthly commitments which is expensive,more flexibility is needed here on how to exit contracts ,due to the recession people have been locked into such long contracts and have to had paid through unforeseen circumstances such as work or indeed and accident, with no help form the networks,this should be considered in the future once there is a format in place where one can prove things.

All in all this is good,you may have a handset with a splashscreen stuck on it and have to wait for updates but regardless its a good move by three,its not all bad news just yet for unlocking shops but if all went ahead to stiffen up competition it would be,so for now you can still use this option but remember it voids your warranty..

On another note could this be a loss making effort to offer such service,we sign up for contracts with whatever preferred network you pick and these are why these rules are in place,to make to network money….

Do you think providers here should follow this move?


By Jim O Brien/CEO

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