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U.S. carriers, FCC reach accord on ‘unlocking’ cellphones


By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. wireless carriers will make it easier for consumers to unlock their mobile phones for use on a competitors network, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said on Thursday. Wheeler told members of Congress an agreement was reached between the carriers and the agency, and details will be presented at an FCC meeting later on Thursday. The deal would also require carriers to process or deny unlocking requests within two business days, according to FCCs earlier guidance. U.S. wireless carriers often lock smartphones to their networks as a way to encourage consumers to renew their mobile contracts.

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