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post #1 of 37 Old 01-26-2013, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Unlocking cell phones illegal?

As of today, it is now illegal to unlock your cell phone to use it on another network.
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/now...ry?id=18319518

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post #2 of 37 Old 01-26-2013, 12:53 PM
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Zero impact really, even the article points out that you can get an unlocked smartphone for $300.

Glad we don't have this dumb law in Canada though.
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Gotta ask... What's up w the my little anime pony thing w this forum?
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nothing is illegal until you get caught.
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Gotta ask... What's up w the my little anime pony thing w this forum?
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post #6 of 37 Old 01-26-2013, 09:08 PM
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..."it is illegal to unlock a subsidized phone or tablet that's bought through a U.S. carrier."

Buy the phone elsewhere. There are plenty of channels from which to buy a phone. If those are not enough, there will be more of them outside the USA. Due to this stupid ruling, more money and jobs will leave the country.

Do the USA a favor. Pick up your phone right now. Send hateful text messages to your senator. Leave millions of spiteful voicemails on your state representative's phone.
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I unlock my phone everyday, multiple times a day.
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I unlock my phone everyday, multiple times a day.
Why does that sound so dirty.
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As of today, it is now illegal to unlock your cell phone to use it on another network.
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/now...ry?id=18319518
This is effectively unique to US markets. Most of Europe sells their phones unlocked - you can then pick your service.

I'll have to read the link to see how they justified it this time. Last I recall was that they protested unlocking under "trademark infringement," which was shot down on initial suit and appeal.

(EDIT - Doesn't change that locking a cellphone to a particular provider is just plain stupid... Probably the only reason it doesn't get tossed in monopoly grounds is because there are plenty of providers - but it's otherwise patently stupid. They're probably fighting back from having the "early termination fees" struck as illegal for some reason or other - I don't recall what.)

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This contradicts a fairly recent ruling in federal court
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Verizon has been selling unlocked cell phones anyway, Iphone 5 is and my Droid DNA is unlocked as well.

It doesn't mean ****.
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lol america cant get anymore pitiful lately....

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post #13 of 37 Old 01-27-2013, 06:02 AM
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I have 2 iPhones that got the Factory Unlock once out of contract with AT&T they can send a unlock code,Both of mine came from a Pawn Shop & I had them Factory Unlocked & they are running T-Mobile PrePaid $ 50 a month unlimited.
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