Re: re: Locking should be banned
" All it does is inconvenience the consumer... there is absolutely no benefit to the consumer."
Which is absolutely normal for each and every kind of "copy protection", "(digital)rights management" and such.
As for the ninja lock-in of customers own devices via network provider, i would consider such a practice in the range of theft and blackmail.
I also do not fall for "premium" whateverstuff. The samsung galaxy S mini, the motorola Razr and the legendary nokia 3310 are the only phones i still own with manufacturer names that are known worldwide.
After the Blackview BV5900 (price tag around 100-120 euro) that currently experiences a well deserved rest as emergency phone after more than 2 years on site, building site (with metal dust and welding fumes "on air"), harsh weather and environment, several gravity induced contacts with metal surfaces and concrete, i switched to its bigger "brother" BV6600pro with its 8000+mAh battery, a 40x80 FLIR and a considerable higher price around 300 euros. As FLIR camera addons with pretty much the same resolution range around 270 euros, i decided to give myself a nerdy treat. ;)
Added convenience bonus: the fingerprint sensor is now located within the power button instead of near it.
BV phones dont care wether you "hold them wrong" or "unpacked them wrong" and although you trade in a slower (mediatek) chipset those things - if equipped with a good screen protector - are even sturdier than the CAT smartphone from my colleague that lasted about a year under the very same conditions the low/mid budget BV series survived without issues. Added bonus: screws instead of glue, threaded brass inlets in the plastic parts.
Another colleague has taken a liking to the low budget ""Armor" series from Ulefone after trashing several Iphones despite of providing them with expensive "sturdy" and "armoured" cases.
While "mainstream" customers seem to favour shiny and new, i tend to look for sturdy and reliable... Imagine the face of a samsung or iphone devotee who sneered at your brick, then gets a little electrical help via reverse charge..