Lincoln Han in the MediaI was the founder of what became known as UnlockCellphone.com and one of the pioneers to bring nation-wide cell phone unlocking service in the United States. When I first began the business, it was a very technical and obscure concept that few people were aware of the nature of cell phone network restriction. Over time, cell phone unlocking became an ubiquitous consumer concept. I sold my unlocking business in 2008 to another telecommunication company. I am very happy to have started my business on shoestring budget and brought this concept on a national level and made it a permenant part of the consumer cell phone business. Even the big carriers had to change their cell phone unlocking practice and policies following the market and legistilative changes. Here are some articles which I was quoted on the subject.
San Diego Union Tribune, Personal Technology, Jun. 18, 2007.
Faraway Phoning, By Jonathan Sidener, Staff Writer
Excerpt: At San Diego-based UnlockCellphone.com, owner (former) Lincoln Han said that about half of his customers are GSM phone owners headed overseas for vacation. “People realize they can take an unlocked phone abroad and save money,” Han said. “You can get free incoming calls in most countries and pay local rates instead of expensive roaming minutes.”
San Diego Daily Transcript, Oct. 30, 2006.
Unlock your cell phone for big savings, By Phil Baker , Daily Transcript Technology Correspondent. Excerpt: If you travel internationally, you're likely aware that only GSM phones from Cingular and T-Mobile will work in the rest of the world, while CDMA phones from Verizon and Sprint are limited to use primarily in the United States. GSM phones contain a tiny removable SIM card (subscriber information module) that contains information about the carrier. To change to another carrier, simply switch the card...
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Los Angeles Times
Abstract: For example, Verizon Wireless and Sprint PCS use a digital technology called code-division multiple access to transmit phone calls. As a result, the two carriers' phones can't be used on networks run by AT&T Wireless Services Inc., Cingular Wireless and T- Mobile USA Inc., which use a competing standard called GSM, or global system for mobile communications. They also cannot be used with Nextel Communications ...
Even so, it isn't illegal for customers to unlock their phones themselves, and that's where outfits such as San Diego-based Mobile Electronics Warehouse (MOEW) come in. "A very important factor in this is consumer awareness," Han notes. "Last year we had local number portability, which most customers are now aware of. And now we are seeing an increasing consumer awareness of phone portability."
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