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    Just FYI: Saturday Jan 26th It Will Be Illegal in the US to Unlock Your Phone

    Quote Originally Posted by egambino View Post
    While I had no intention of unlocking my phone, just the fact that they are denying me the right to do with my property as I wish is galling to me. In my understanding of what was posted, since I bought my phone back in July...I should still be able to do it if I wish, correct?
    Correct. This only applies to new phones purchased after Jan 26th the way I read it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by egambino View Post
    While I had no intention of unlocking my phone, just the fact that they are denying me the right to do with my property as I wish is galling to me. In my understanding of what was posted, since I bought my phone back in July...I should still be able to do it if I wish, correct?
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    I wasn't aware that it was legal before to hack your phone to use it on a network it wasn't built for... at first I thought this was talking about a bootloader, which would be understandable to be mad about, but I really don't see this as a big deal. Why would you not buy a phone supported by your carrier in the first place?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanPm40 View Post
    I wasn't aware that it was legal before to hack your phone to use it on a network it wasn't built for... at first I thought this was talking about a bootloader, which would be understandable to be mad about, but I really don't see this as a big deal. Why would you not buy a phone supported by your carrier in the first place?
    I think the idea that is most frustrating to folks, is that if they buy a device, and it has the capability (after an unlock) to work on a different network, then they should be allowed to do that (especially since you have to pay the carrier a monthly charge to be on their network). What difference does it make if they didn't buy the phone from them. I understand that this law is designed to give authorities a greater ability to prosecute the real criminals that steal phones, unlock them and sell them on the streets. However, it's like throwing the baby out with the bath-water, because it unfairly punishes the actual customers as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanPm40 View Post
    I wasn't aware that it was legal before to hack your phone to use it on a network it wasn't built for... at first I thought this was talking about a bootloader, which would be understandable to be mad about, but I really don't see this as a big deal. Why would you not buy a phone supported by your carrier in the first place?
    - Why would it be "illegal"?

    - Some carriers get better phones for certain people's needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RyanPm40 View Post
    I wasn't aware that it was legal before to hack your phone to use it on a network it wasn't built for... at first I thought this was talking about a bootloader, which would be understandable to be mad about, but I really don't see this as a big deal. Why would you not buy a phone supported by your carrier in the first place?
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    Just FYI: Saturday Jan 26th It Will Be Illegal in the US to Unlock Your Phone

    Quote Originally Posted by RyanPm40 View Post
    I wasn't aware that it was legal before to hack your phone to use it on a network it wasn't built for... at first I thought this was talking about a bootloader, which would be understandable to be mad about, but I really don't see this as a big deal. Why would you not buy a phone supported by your carrier in the first place?
    I travel internationally for work. Sure, I can use my phone with a US SIM card, but data costs $20/MB and voice is around $0.40/min depending on the locale. If it is unlocked, I can pick up a prepaid SIM and get calls for $0.05/min and data for less than $0.05/MB.
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    This is dumb. This is like telling people that if you buy a Ford, you cannot drive on Chevy roads. I should be able to take my device and go wherever I want for service. If I want to pay ATT for a phone, once my contract is up I decide to unlock it and take it to VZW, why should the government be involved and telling me I can't?

    Oh, because the carriers paid a lot of money in lobbying and campaign contributions...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SquireSCA View Post
    This is dumb. This is like telling people that if you buy a Ford, you cannot drive on Chevy roads. I should be able to take my device and go wherever I want for service. If I want to pay ATT for a phone, once my contract is up I decide to unlock it and take it to VZW, why should the government be involved and telling me I can't?

    Oh, because the carriers paid a lot of money in lobbying and campaign contributions...
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    Re: Just FYI: Saturday Jan 26th It Will Be Illegal in the US to Unlock Your Phone

    Quote Originally Posted by mustangdroid View Post
    So what happens if I want to use an at&t or T-Mobile phone with straight talk? They sell the sim to use it on their network and phone don't have to be unlocked.
    This would still be legal, since as you said...the phone doesn't have to be unlocked to do so. The difference here is that StraightTalk uses the actual network of either AT&T or T-Mobile *(not sure which)*, so there isn't any need to "jailbreak" the phone as it were...

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