#AceNewsDesk – The UK’s mobile networks are to be forbidden from selling phones locked to their services from December 2021 @AceDailyNews report

Regulator Ofcom said unlocking handsets could often be a complicated process, and this was discouraging owners from switching providers at the end of their contracts: The networks have previously suggested that locking devices helps deter theft and fraud. But the watchdog noted some companies had already abandoned the practice:

Among those companies affected are: BT and its EE mobile division, Vodafone, Tesco Mobile, O2, Sky, Three and Virgin already only sell unlocked handsets. “[It] will save people time, money and effort — and help them unlock better deals,” said Ofcom’s connectivity director Selina Chadha. Vodafone has already responded: “We stand ready to implement these changes when they come into force.” EE added: “We’ll work with Ofcom to comply with its guidelines.”

Published: Oct.28: 2020: