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Will Americans buy unlocked phones from Chinese brands?

The historical relationship between phone buyers and wireless carriers in the US is one of codependence. Traditionally, providers like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon have been the major gateway through which anyone bought a new phone: two-year contract a virtual given.

Over the past two years, T-Mobile led the charge to blow up service agreements and sell phones without contracts, a move that rippled throughout the industry.

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