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Thread: Shouldn't AT&T & Apple be getting ready to Unlock a lot of 2G Phones?

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    Default Shouldn't AT&T & Apple be getting ready to Unlock a lot of 2G Phones?
    Coming up on the 2-Year anniversary of the initial iPhone release. Shouldn't AT&T & Apple be prepared to unlock all those completed iPhone 2G contracts? Seriously.

    I seem to remember cell phone carriers filing briefs with Congress and the FCC arguing that they needed 2-Year Contracts and carrier-specific locking to justify the subsidizing of the handset (not that they subsidized the original iPhone...).

    So now that those original contracts are completed isn't the argument that the carriers make moot? They've made back their initial investment and their justification for carrier-specific locking.

    Is the EFF prepared to file suit now that Apple and AT&T will have no leg to stand on (by their own arguments) regarding iPhones being carrier locked to AT&T? Obviously Apple saying "we can't do it" won't hold water, since they do in many markets around the world.

    What do you all think?

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    No. Part of the agreement involved Apple giving AT&T a 5 year iPhone exclusive contract in America. In exchange, Apple got more control over the sale of their phone than any manufacturor of cell phones had ever gotten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piazza331 View Post
    No. Part of the agreement involved Apple giving AT&T a 5 year iPhone exclusive contract in America. In exchange, Apple got more control over the sale of their phone than any manufacturor of cell phones had ever gotten.
    That's very nice for Apple and AT&T, but they don't make the government regulations.

    I was speaking of the reasoning that the carriers have used with the government so that the anti-competition sections of the Anti-Trust Acts aren't invoked.

    The very fact that they have such an agreement can be argued to construe that they are engaging in monopolistic and anti-competitive behavior. Especially now that they are demonstrating what a commanding slice of the smartphone pie that Apple has managed to garner.

    The only argument that the carriers have been able to advance for this to the government was that they need to recover the cost of their subsidizing handsets. You can note the "voluntary" phased reduction of cancellation fees that happens now. This is being done voluntarily because the government was about to step in and mandate it.

    I could engage in a contract with a prostitute to have sex, but the government can still call it an illegal contract.

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    Well since every iPhone 2G can now be unlocked, we should actually worry about 3G iPhones... Too bad Apple is stuck with the evil ATT
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    Quote Originally Posted by kkiran View Post
    Well since every iPhone 2G can now be unlocked, we should actually worry about 3G iPhones... Too bad Apple is stuck with the evil ATT
    Well yes, but since Apple says Jailbreaking is illegal, then unlocking must be a felony!

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    Att/Apple should unlock all the original iphones for those who had it for 2 years.. Especially since the phone price was unsubsidized. Att/Apple should NOT have control over our personal phones. It would seem unethical and unlawful if they do not unlock our iphones.

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