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Unlocking your phone is now against the law in the U.S.

0. phoneArena 27 Jan 2013, 06:54 posted on

Now that phone unlocking is no longer seen as being exempted from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), technically, it is illegal to unlock your phone in the states without written permission from your carrier; if your phone already has been unlocked, don't worry about cops busting on with guns drawn, ready to send you to the pokey as you are grandfathered in...

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posted on 27 Jan 2013, 10:35

41. yowanvista (Posts: 340; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Why even bother? Just buy an international device with no dumb xyz U.S carrier bloatware, their devices are bundled with crap, loaded with a locked bootloaders and receive updates much after then international versions. A clear example is the SIII (i9300/i9305) which is way better than the ATT/Sprint/T-Mobile garbage exclusive crap versions. U.S Citizens literally love their restrictions.. /s

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 10:42

43. timtimity (Posts: 196; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)


Surely it shouldn't matter if you unlocked your device while it's still on contract. You could unlock it and put a different provider's sim card in the phone, but you've still got to pay the remainder of the contract the phone came with. Even if you unlock on the day you get the phone the provider is still going to get the money you agreed to pay for the next 12/18/24 months.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 10:50 2

45. Whateverman (Posts: 3271; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Another win for the US Carriers because as you can imagine there will be a new or high fee for unlocking devices. And for those saying it sounds fair because you're getting a subsidized phone, think long term. What happens when I'm off contract, moving to an area that my current carrier has no service and I don't want to buy another subsidized phone? Or what if I paid full retail? Or what if I canceled the contract, paid the high etf which was supposed to offset the cost of the price of the phone? Should customers in any of these situations be allowed to do with the phone as they please seeing as though they do own it?

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 10:57 2

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


F' this law...not all laws passed by our federal or state governments are good..Look at the NDAA laws passed 2 januaries ago....just because they were signed into law does not mean that they are correct. In California, they regularly passed propositions that do more harm than good. You have to watch what they do as many a times, the government passes laws for the benefit of corporations and not the people - and, the people is where the government's power derives from....at least it used to.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 11:00 2

49. cripton805 (Posts: 1455; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


This is how legislation screws the people. I mean, was it REALLY necessary to go through legislation? How about letting us vote and decide. This is not copyright. It's to profit the carriers.

Now, if we want a Razr, we HAVE to go through Verizon.

Great example of our DEMOCRACY.
The government is all out to always profit the people with the big bucks.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 11:16 1

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


The government is the corporation now - most of the PAC money comes from large corporations - our founding fathers would be p'od if they found out about how our government works nowadays. I could go on for hours about what has been happening since the the creation of the Federal Reserve, but then I would be on the website...lol

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 12:08 1

52. cR203 (Posts: 202; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)


This is so stupid. I never thought i would see the day when unlocking your own phone becomes illegal.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 12:48 1

54. jdep1 (banned) (Posts: 26; Member since: 06 Nov 2012)


In the USA we pay hundreds of dollars to "buy" a phone & be stuck for 2 years with that carrier. So much freedom!!

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 13:09

57. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


Anyone else want to stick up for government here? I thought not.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 13:26 1

58. idroidequis (Posts: 103; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


Ehhhh it just means stop being so picky with phones. Especialy now with every carrier has a varient of the same phone. This dosnt hurt me one bit. and if I do want a international phone Im sure I can get a unlocked code in another nation in a matter of days.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 14:35 2

60. beillax (Posts: 24; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


this is ridiculous! We have so many nonsense laws in this country.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 16:06

63. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Land of the free my as$, here in croatia, the carrier is obligated to unlock your phone after half a year... and we are considered a second world country... lol

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 19:51

70. Fuego84 (Posts: 348; Member since: 13 May 2012)


Wait this article doesn't specify about unlocking a phone whether it's subsidized or purchase in full. I believe that if you paid in full then it's fully up to you what you do with it. But if it's stillon contract and subsidized then tough luck losers, its not yours until it's paid in full. I always pay full price and with replacement plan even if it adds another $100 or more.

posted on 27 Jan 2013, 21:20 2

74. ktj4236 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jan 2013)


No one is talking about the right issue. While everyone is talking about the new law, no one is questioning whether the library of congress or the U.S. patent office has the authority to change or in-act new law. They do not nor have ever had the authority. They are a monitoring entity and cannot make or change laws. Only the congress has the authority. This new "law" is illegal on its face. People need to keep unlocking phones and take this to court.

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 09:44 1

78. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 180; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


This is really dum especially for the sony xperia line of phone where unlocking the boot loader also unlocks the network so that means were locked to the firmware too, ugh stupid america

posted on 28 Jan 2013, 10:27 1

79. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Well... all my phones are bought unlocked... SO BITE ME STUPID GOVERNMENT!

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 01:09

84. ndrey (Posts: 41; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)


The White House is going to cancel this New Law but still there are many companies likehttp://digitalunlocking.com/official-factory-unlocking-method-att-iphone-slow-package/

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