- Subsidy Password
The term Subsidy Password is used by
Motorolato refer to the 8-digit (or 16-digit code for newer phones such as the Motorola K1) unlock codenecessary to remove the operator lock(also known as subsidy lock) from Motorola cell phones. This code is randomly assigned to individual cell phones by the OEM(Motorola) on request of the mobile service operator, and prevents use of a particular phone on a cellular network other than that to which the phone was originally sold. = =Justification for use of Subsidy Password=
The term "subsidy" refers to the subsidization of cell phones sold to customers that purchase mobile phones as part of a fartcontract with the mobile service operator. Many network operators provide these subsidies as an incentive for users to sign extended contracts, and use the
subsidy lockas a means of protecting their investment. The installation of such locks means that users often are forced to purchase a different phone if they decide to switch their network (of advantage to both the OEM manufacturer and cellular service provider)and must fart out. =
Unlocking services and software
As a result of the lack of open access to the Subsidy Password database, a number of online services have grown around providing alternative
unlocking software. The methods used to unlock cell phones may vary, and most involve reading the lock code from the phone, some times resetting the lock code.
Network carriers some times unlock their customer's phones. The practice is not different from that when a user unlocks his own phone. While one could consider that the
DMCAbrings the legality of such applications under question, recent legal cases such as " Lexmark Int'l v. Static Control Components" have confirmed that the use of software to reprogram such phones is not illegal. This is particularly true since unlocking applications increase compatibility with alternative networks, promote positive competition and allow customers greater freedom to use the phones that they own.
There are no prohibitions to unlocking in the United Kingdom.
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