World Business NewsA round up of the latest news for those doing business internationally
Japan to oblige mobile carriers to remove SIM locks from handsets
Zone(s): Japan ¦ Sector(s): Technology
In June 2010, the ministry set guidelines for removing SIM locks, but little progress has been made because it was not obligatory. The ministry thus found the need to drastically review the guidelines, the sources said. In the United States and Europe, mobile phone subscribers are usually free to use the mobile phone or smartphone handset of their choice for voice and data communications by switching SIM cards. In Japan, by contrast, the major carriers put SIM locks on their most popular handsets and offer sizable discounts on them to lure new subscribers.