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2degrees May File Complaint Against Vodafone for SIM Locking PrePay Phones

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New Zealand's smallest mobile network, 2degrees has said that it will file a protest with the Commerce Commission to stop larger rival, Vodafone locking some of its prepay phones to only work on its network.

Vodafone charges $30 to unlock the handsets, but the Telecommunications Users Association (Tuanz) has said that there is a risk of mission creep if the policy is permitted to carry on.

"You start off with a couple of handsets with a $30 break fee, then see what increases you can get away with," director of corporate affairs and wholesale Mat Bolland told NBR.

The mobile network says that the move is anti-competitive as it stops consumers switching networks while retaining the same handset.

Commerce Commission confirmed that it is aware of the Vodafone policy, but that their main concern at the moment is just that consumers are aware that they are buying a SIM-Locked handset.

On the web: NBR

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