Unlocking Your Mobile Phone Is Now Illegal

Discussion in 'hardware' started by Mman79, Jan 26, 2013.

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  1. Mman79

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    Not that bad according to the article.
     
  3. Mman79

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    Yeah, there are a couple of legitimate options and, well, some folks will break the chains law or not. In my opinion they shouldn't be tied to networks in the first place. Imagine your home computer being tied to one ISP. Hardware shouldn't be locked down in any way.
     
  4. Robin A.

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    In some countries carriers are obliged by law to sell all phones unlocked.
     
  5. Daveski17

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    I read about this earlier. I hope it doesn't come to my country.
     
  6. Noob

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    I don't think this will stop people from unlocking their devices. :rolleyes:
     
  7. roger_m

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    Not a problem for me because the phones I buy are never every locked to any carrier - they can only be bought unlocked.

    But this is bad news for those living in the US, even though it won't stop people unlocking their phones.
     
  8. TairikuOkami

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    Well, it is kind of a contract, people will get $500 phone for $1, and all they have to do, is to use it with the selected mobile phone operator, whom they picked after all.
     
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    I really don't get it. What is the problem with unlocking your SIM to use the phone in another network? In my country, the contract always favours the phone company, so even if you unlock your phone and move to another network you will have to pay monthly to the first network operator until the contract expires (or pay some serious penalties if you want to cancel the contract before it's time).
    I think that the phones shouldn't be locked, but the contracts should not allow you to easily cancel your subscription with the phone company immediately after you get that 500$ phone for 1$ :)
     
  10. Mman79

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    Where are you getting 500 dollar phones for a dollar? I'd sign that contract in a split second, lol.
     
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    I do not buy phones like that, but I have just made a quick look and I could get Apple iPhone 5 16GB for 2 cents, but I would have to pay about $60 monthly flat rate for calls.
     
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    My wife says buying a phone in Ukraine is as simple as buying the phone and inserting your SIM card. If you have 3 completely different phones for 3 different purposes you can just swap the card around. Battery dead? Just swap your card into your friends phone.

    Imagine that, owning the service you paid for as well as owning the hardware you paid for.
     
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    This is why I like 'pay as you go' phones. ;)
     
  14. Noob

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    I never buy phone under contracts, i always buy unlocked phones then go with the one i want. :D
     
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    You can do that in all Europe. Some of them require an identity card though when buying a new SIM. Now I have a dual SIM phone with 2 different operators from 2 different countries.
     
  17. Nightwalker

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    In my country it is.
     
  18. kC_

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    lots of things are illegal, get over it:rolleyes:
     
  19. PaulyDefran

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    When you purchase a phone on contract (and the US is the worst compared to most of the rest of the world - the model stinks) you are locked into a bill for 2 years. You're going to pay it no matter what. If you cancel it, you will get hit with an Early Termination Fee. here is AT&T's:

    So, $325 *plus* what you paid for the hardware, which is usually $200-$300 for a top of line phone.

    Unlocking doesn't hurt them at all, IMO - dumb "law".

    They're just ticked off that they can't gouge you with all those extra fees and taxes by keeping you "hooked".


    PD
     
  20. roger_m

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    Here in Australia you usually get the phone for free or for very little cost.

    If you terminate early then I believe you have to pay the whatever the amount of monthly payments are left on your contract. If for example you are on a $79 two year contract, this can be very expensive.
     
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    True there are a lot of things illegal, but it's like prohibition. It doesn't work when a large chuck of the population participates and believes in it. Hence why half a dozen other illegal practices from prostitution to pirating remain so prolific despite federal enforcement. Uncle Sam is fighting a losing battle.
     
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    How are they going to prove you didn't buy it unlocked in the first place?
     
  23. Wroll

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    There are things like IMEI on your phone.
     
  24. roger_m

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    Can't speak for other phones, but on Android phones it is not too much trouble to change these.

    My phone came without any IMEI numbers (it can take two sim cards, and no IMEI number for either) and I had to make up IMEI numbers and write them to the phone before I could make any calls.
     
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    Ditto, I pay full price and have the liberty to do whatever I want and not get any carrier logos in my phone
     
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