With the White House having given its support to legalizing the unlocking of cell phones, Sen....
Mar 6 2013, 11:57 ET
With the White House having given its support to legalizing the unlocking of cell phones, Sen. Ron Wyden has introduced a bill that would do just that. Passage of the bill could lead to a bump in churn for U.S. carriers, as consumers are no longer required to buy a new phone (and, should they want a subsidy, agree to a contract) to switch carriers. However, some phones only work on a particular carrier's network due to band compatibility issues, and carriers could start requesting more such devices in an effort to keep customers from leaving.