However, keep in mind the following two points:
- Neither company is actually unlocking phones under the new guidelines yet.
- Such glaring differences in service conditions have a way of leveling out. (Remember the debacle that was Softbank's tethering and 1.2 GB data cap)
|Free (¥3,000+tax in store)||Free (¥3,000+tax in store)|
Applicable to devices released from
|April 23, 2015*||May 1, 2015|
Wait time to unlock
|180 days||6 months|
Unlock possible after cancel service
|forever||for 3 months|
So is this a good or bad thing? It depends on how you look at it.Previously, docomo was the only option for obtaining an officially-unlockable phone, and that cost money and time, lots of time if you ended up with incompetent shop staff. It was also difficult to figure out which bands a docomo phone supported. And most incredulously, unlocking your phone pretty much voided the warranty. All that crap will be finished, but there could now be a finite time window during which a docomo phone can be unlocked.
KDDI frequency bandsKDDI has already published a page showing WCDMA and LTE band support of its unlockable phones. Also, I can't help but roll my eyes at the "SAMSUNG" prefacing "Galaxy S6 Edge" ;)
As can be seen here the "Samsung" Galaxy SG Edge will work fine in most of the world except North America, where it lacks support for "GSM" carriers AT&T and T-Mobile. Maybe it'll work on EDGE, but the experience will be horrible.