Open line dapat! Gatchalian wants Globe, Smart to drop ‘lock-in’ phone sales
Exclusivity of mobile devices to a particular telecommunications company is sought to be banned by
Sen. Win Gatchalian wants Globe Telecom and PLDT-Smart to stop selling phones that were locked into their respective SIMs.
A ban on phone locking will spark real competition within the telecommunications industry and result in better service across-the-board, the senator said Sunday.
The chair of the Senate economic affairs committee filed Senate bill No. 1643, proposed to be known as the “Network Freedom Act.”
His measure seeks to prohibit mobile telco companies from locking their devices, whether sold as a unit or under a service contract, to their respective networks.
Currently, there exists a mobile communications service contract between the service provider and the subscriber or mobile user which often carry a “lock-in provision” and which requires the latter to exclusively maintain a monthly post-paid subscription.
Gatchalian stressed that such set up not only deprives mobile subscribers from easy movement to other networks but also limits competition among industry players.
“Every mobile user should have the right to switch to other service providers that offer better deals. Unfortunately, the locking of devices prejudices this right,” he said.
His bill, Gatchalian said, will ensure that the consumer’s right to choose the best service available on the market is protected.