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Originally Posted by Axon14 View Post

Not meant to go? Respectfully, if I buy a cell phone on a contract and fulfill my obligations under that contract, I should be able to do whatever I want with the hardware I've paid for.

I agree and please refer to my post above. I should have included it in my original post but it slipped my mind.
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Originally Posted by townending View Post

Most carriers will unlock your phone after you complete your contract. The ones I have dealt with have (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint).

I'm not sure about the rest but AT&T told me they would unlock my phone if I paid for the termination fee.
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I wont buy any more smart phones if this is true.
Wish I didnt buy one at all to begin with. Ill go back to a corded, regular land line phone.
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I feel most people are not reading in-depth. Unlocking your bootloader and rooting is not affected by this.

http://www.droid-life.com/2013/01/25/unlocking-of-carrier-tied-smartphones-to-be-illegal-starting-tomorrow-has-nothing-to-do-with-bootloaders/

OP's title is misleading.
Edited by KOBALT - 1/25/13 at 11:14am
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Pffftt And how exactly will they enforce this law ? What are they going to do about the people that do it ? The Cell phone shops that offer unlocking as a service ? Im guessing this will only affect phones that are under contract due to the handset still being owned by the carrier..... I work in a cell phone store and i see ALOT of phones being unlocked daily ... Most of these phones are found lost and they want to remove passwords and unlock them to use it ...
However Most phones that are lost are under contract and get blocked from the network but what i am seeing now is that if a phones gets Blacklisted from At&t it will also be blocked from T-mobile's network its like they combined their Blacklists ... and i dont know other GSM company's other than t-mobile and At&t and their MVNO's ...basically it gets banned from the U.S completely and no one can activate it other than taking it to another country. But i dont see how they will stop people from doing it , its just not possible ....
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Originally Posted by Magariz View Post

This is absolutely rediculous. The consumer has zero power anymore. We don't own anything. I'll still unlock my phone, take me to court if you really want greedy scum. frown.gif So infuriating.

Wrong... The customer has all the power. The problem is not who has the power; the true problem is that "customers" have been conditioned to getting the latest and greatest phone for pennies on the dollar. Any current generation "top tier" phone can be purchased fully unlocked straight from the manufacturer, but people would rather go to an AT&T/Verizon/T-Mobile store and sign on the dotted line to get it for 1/3 its real price. Remember that saying: You get what you pay for? Well; in this case; if you want your Galaxy S3 for $199 that means you have to abide by the rules of the carrier that is subsidizing the other $500 for you. Don't want to have to deal with all the bloatware carriers put on their phones? Don't want to have to deal with "locked" ROMs? Easy; march over to the Samsung site and pay the $600 for it.
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Originally Posted by Clipze View Post

I own the phone, I do what i want with it. Legal or not makes no difference

No you don't. At least if you're in a contract where you got said phone at a deep discounted rate... During the contract term; you're basically just leasing the phone from the carrier so you have to abide by their rules.
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Originally Posted by Jcyle View Post

Always bought factory unlocked phones smile.gif

Amen to this.
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Sue me; If they can prove that I actually unlocked my phone.
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Funny how you spend so much money on things these days, and you own nothing.

QFT. Land of Liberty my *butt*.
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It's illegal the 26th.
Marvelous.
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Wrong... The customer has all the power. The problem is not who has the power; the true problem is that "customers" have been conditioned to getting the latest and greatest phone for pennies on the dollar. Any current generation "top tier" phone can be purchased fully unlocked straight from the manufacturer, but people would rather go to an AT&T/Verizon/T-Mobile store and sign on the dotted line to get it for 1/3 its real price. Remember that saying: You get what you pay for? Well; in this case; if you want your Galaxy S3 for $199 that means you have to abide by the rules of the carrier that is subsidizing the other $500 for you. Don't want to have to deal with all the bloatware carriers put on their phones? Don't want to have to deal with "locked" ROMs? Easy; march over to the Samsung site and pay the $600 for it.
No you don't. At least if you're in a contract where you got said phone at a deep discounted rate... During the contract term; you're basically just leasing the phone from the carrier so you have to abide by their rules.
Amen to this.

Well I didn't buy the greatest phone there was. I live in Canada and bought a Samsung Galaxy Ace II X outright for the original price of the product at Future Shop and it was locked from the factory. I bought it from the provider that I wanted, but if the provider treated me poorly/had bad services and I decided I wanted to change providers I couldn't? I know the law is a United States law, but I still think this is ridiculous. I agree with you that if the phone is on a contract you should be forced to abide by it, but once the contract is over or the phone has been purchased without one you should be able to mod whatever you want. It is your hardware after all. I feel a lot of technology is becoming closed loop now. With everybody following Apple's closed business strategies, file sharing sites being closed down and torrents gaining a bad name, as well as Intel's new BGA socket and obolishment of overclocking options I'm becoming afraid for the future of technology. We shouldn't have to give up our freedoms because some people use them for illegal purposes.
 
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