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It may become illegal to unlock your phone starting Saturday

0. phoneArena 24 Jan 2013, 14:55 posted on

Do you all remember that ruckus that happened over whether or not it was illegal to jailbreak your mobile device? Well, that whole fiasco is poised to come back in a bad way this weekend. As part of that decision, it may become illegal to unlock your smartphone starting this Saturday, January 26th, unless you get permission from your carrier...

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posted on 24 Jan 2013, 16:52 3

40. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


These people think that, just because they own a phone, they get to do things with it. It is a privilege, not a right, to be able to use your belongings as you wish. Be happy you can even make calls.

Entitled fools. Always remember: Just because you paid for it doesn't make it yours.


posted on 24 Jan 2013, 23:48

61. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)

Amen, finally someone with common sense.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 17:17 7

44. jamaladam (Posts: 13; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)

This ain't gonna stop me from rooting my phone. Screw the carriers and their bulls**t.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 18:12 4

46. ncv144 (Posts: 126; Member since: 04 May 2012)

We should organize a root-a-thon JUST to annoy them!

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 17:21 4

45. CorianU (Posts: 27; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)

We'll just see how long that works out before consumers decide enough is enough

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 20:48 1

54. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Bunch of bull-you-know-what...guess what? I am still getting my phone unlocked...network and software...so, MR. U.S. Gov't official what are you doing to do about it? yep...NOTHING!

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 00:15

64. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)

Well what if they show up at your door bc you illegally unlocked your phone, then what are you going to do if that happens? Go to jail bc you couldn't resist unlocking your phone? lol, wow.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 21:40

58. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

Keep calm and only by Unlocked.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 22:56

59. kanagadeepan (Posts: 922; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

I feel sorry for US people... Definitely 2 years contract of using the operator's service is already enough. I mean one gets subsidized phone from AT&T by signing 2 years contract, even though he unlocks it, I don't think it will be wrong if he continues the mobile service for 2 years in that unlocked phone or some-other phone.

So where comes the illegal thingy?? Even though he unlocked the phone, if he continues in network for the contracted 2 years, then what is wrong in his side???

It is definitely operators method to take away freedom from people and the worst part is Govt is supporting this.. People have to start protest or at the least start online petitions to stop this. But I too think, many people will never understand its importance..

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 00:31

65. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)

It's not a big deal to me bc it doesn't interrupt how I use my phone. I look at it like this, if I had a neighbor who found out how to bypass my wifi security & use my wifi access I'd be pretty damn ticked off. It's the same concept, people doing what they shouldn't be doing with something and are getting upset bc the powers that be are clamping down. The truth is you don't know how using that unlocked phone is affecting the bottom line.

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 01:41

68. legend1 (Posts: 104; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

ok this is getting kinda stupid

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 02:17

70. TMach (Posts: 454; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

EU Law makes it illegal across European Union countries to lock a phone. The only handset that comes network locked seems to be the iPhone (don't ask me how - something to do with pre-set prices and price plans) and even then your network provider will usually unlock it for free, if you threaten them in the right way!

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 09:58

71. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

This has to end up in a court somewhere, since the only reason carriers have locked phones is to force their carrier flavored crap on you. I already pay you for your service I do not want your applications if I don't wish to, it's my choice whether to use your applications or not. I don't with to have software on my phone that I do not wish to use and which doesn't in anyway hamper my phone from working on your network should I remove them. This locking phones business is just a way to get money, locking tethering so they can charge you an arm and a leg for it? Funny thing is tethering isn't a service it's actually a built in function of the phone and OS neither of which belongs to the service provider, isn't that against the rules to lock out functions that are wholly legal to have?
Someone up there used his home wifi as an analogy, to a fail. How on earth is your home network which you do not let those outside your home use is anything like Verizon/AT&T networks which people are paying to use? People doing what they should not be doing?!? Such as what? Removing useless apps that the carriers install on the phones, none of which serve any purpose to the user. As I again stated Tethering isn't an app, in fact it is a function of the OS, every JB Android phone has the ability to use it's WiFi chip to allow other devices to connect to it as a WiFi hub. Blocking that with software locks should be considered illegal since they are changing the OS, why should you pay twice to use the same bloody data pipeline?
GSM Carriers used locks to prevent their phones from being used on other networks, which was understandable, but with ETF as they are now people don't bother or wait until contracts are up then jump ship. Others forego that entirely and just buy an unlocked phone and take it to carriers who can support the phone. Phones locks are nothing more than a money grab, VZW being one of the worst since their phones only work on their CDMA tech, their lock is just to keep the end user from kicking all their promotional garbage off the phone. I know it's a VZW phone from the damn logo, I don't need to be reminded of that when I go through my apps. This law is backasswards, how is the software yours when you purchase the phone but the hardware isn't? Wouldn't that invalidate the locking system since it's all software induced?

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