To Unlock or Not to Unlock Smartphones

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2009-10-29 Email

Many companies do just fine with the standard, off-the-shelf smartphones that can be picked up from any carrier, but many need greater control over features and configurations. For this reason, unprovisioned - or unlocked - devices are gaining interest, if not widespread availability. While carrier exclusivity is the current norm for phones such as the Apple iPhone and Palm Pre, but the availability of unlocked phones is likely to increase along with greater scrutiny into deals between carriers and d

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As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at

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