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01-24-2013, 05:55 PM #1
Unlocking New Cellphones to Become Illegal in the U.S.
According to a new federal policy in the United States that is effective starting Saturday, it will become illegal for certain mobile phone owners to unlock their devices for use on other carriers unless specifically authorized by their carriers. The policy applies to newly purchased devices but not to legacy devices purchased prior to that date. As noted by Tech News Daily:
In October 2012, the Librarian of Congress, who determines exemptions to a strict anti-hacking law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), decided that unlocking mobile phones would no longer be allowed. But the librarian provided a 90-day window during which people could still buy a phone and unlock it. That window closes on January 26.
In the recently outlined decision in the Federal Register, these policies were cited as reasons for not allowing an unlocking exemption to the DMCA for newly purchased devices:
The Register concluded after a review of the statutory factors that an exemption to the prohibition on circumvention of mobile phone computer programs to permit users to unlock "legacy'' phones is both warranted and unlikely to harm the market for such programs. At the same time, in light of carriers' current unlocking policies and the ready availability of new unlocked phones in the marketplace, the record did not support an exemption for newly purchased phones. Looking to precedents in copyright law, the Register recommended that the class designated by the Librarian include a 90-day transitional period to allow unlocking by those who may acquire phones shortly after the new exemption goes into effect.
Source: Federal Register, Tech News Daily via MacRumors
01-24-2013, 06:09 PM #2
Typical f@#%ing government sticking there nose where it doesn't belong. Why should they give a damn, its our phone and can use it as we please!
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01-25-2013, 11:46 AM #7
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01-26-2013, 10:16 PM #9
If it was actually leased (by any definition of the term, legal or otherwise), you'd be obligated to return the product at a certain point in time, such as when leasing a car (you return it at the end of the term.) Furthermore, leasing requires a specific contract that BOTH parties have to be aware of and agree to, and not something you can just quietly hide in a wireless service contract, especially when you consider that the purchase of the device itself is ultimately between you and the maker, regardless of middlemen carriers or vendors. When you buy any iPhone from AT&T, Verizon, etc, it's Apple that's made a sale in the end.
A device such as an iPhone, Android phone, etc, falls into the latter category. Any one who tells you otherwise is ought right deceiving you, plain and simple. Not everyone on high it telling you the truth. No EULA (such as Apple's, Google's, etc) can just magically turn a purchase into a lease, either. Again, that requires a specific agreement. That phone is yours, period. Once it's paid for, it doesn't belong to your carrier/vendor, it doesn't belong to it's maker. It belongs to you alone.
01-24-2013, 06:33 PM #10
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The government in this country is a joke. All their main interest is money and not people. I guess I'll just break the law. I don't think many people will obey this law anyways. Unlocking its not something they can control 100%
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01-24-2013, 10:11 PM #12
Another great reason to switch to android. Unlocked my note 2 the day I got it. All you have to do is put into airplane mode and enter the phones system options and change carrier to unlocked. It took literally 30 seconds. Tested it on my friends T-Mobile and it worked perfectly!
01-25-2013, 01:21 AM #13
Source: I have a note 2, galaxy s 3, iphone 5 and nexus 4.1st gen 16 giger on 1.1.4 on att....why....because i like my mms.
1st gen 16 giger on 2.1 on T-MO
1st gen 8 giger just unlocked laying around
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01-25-2013, 12:32 PM #16
An excellent example is, during the start of George Bush's first term, **** (jeez, stupid auto censor!! Fine, Richard) Cheney inviting the oil industry in to write the "regulations" that would then go to Congress to be written into a bill that both sides of Congress would pass and then the President would sign. How do you like your $4.00 a gallon gas?
Want to get rid of this stuff? Vote for people running for (or who are in) Congress that pledge to create lobbying and election reform. We've had these reforms several times in the past 15-20 years but for some reason they keep being overturned. Hmmmm, why do you think that happens? Bringing down the cost of running for election and forbidding former members of Congress from becoming lobbyists might be a good way to start. Make taking anything from anyone while you serve in Congress illegal and make running for office a paid government subsidy (everyone gets the same amount of money to run, use it up and that's all, folks), which might level the field a bit, too. It really is our government, we just have to pay attention, quit listening to people who manipulate our baser instincts, do our homework, and vote for better people. People get the government they deserve. If you are willing to go on a blog and complain about a phone subsidy cost but are unwilling to become engaged with reasonable politicians attempting to actually change the system (not fringe people who tell you they can make it better if they just refuse to pass anything the other side wants), this is the government you deserve. Your complaints go unheard because the people you vote for don't really (really!) care about you.Senior
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01-25-2013, 05:18 PM #18
What if I hack my phone with a carrier that allows it then move to a carrier that doesn't allow it? I'd be stupid to do it, but all the same it could happen.
01-24-2013, 06:11 PM #19
too much control
Last edited by dsg; 01-24-2013 at 06:41 PM.
01-24-2013, 06:37 PM #20
Another great example of our "democracy" at work. Only people don't get to vote, money does.