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T-Mobile Lawsuit Questions the Fairness of Phone Locking, Early Termination Fees

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Against T-Mobile's formal protests, the California Supreme Court cleared the way for a class-action lawsuit that seeks to stop the carrier from collecting early service termination fees of $200. According to Wired:

The plaintiffs also seek an order requiring T-Mobile to disclose the existence and effect of the software locks it places on the phones it sells, and to offer to unlock the handsets so consumers can switch to a different carrier without buying a new phone.

Finally, someone is making real headway in finding out whether these restrictions are legal or fair. We've lived with them for so long, they seem like a permanent reality, but this raises the prospect of free and unfettered mobile-phone choice—at least among four giant, greedy corporations. [Wired]