illegal to unlock a phone? well, it should be illegal to have a law like this.
alecupope (rep: 23.6k) posted Jan 26, 2013
what if you buy an unlocked phone on ebay that was unlocked before the deadline
helloamy1977 (rep: 2.6k) posted Jan 26, 2013
@helloamy1977 - That is ok. You bought it legally prior to the deadline, so nothing can be done to you.
bbattag (rep: 7k) posted Jan 26, 2013
Do you really think they are going to be able to enforce this law? Talk about a waste of money on this country that is already going bankrupt.
krmills1 (rep: 14.4k) posted Jan 26, 2013
I never understood what it means to unlock a phone anyway?
Sort of a tracking device? Another way for government to impose laws on us?
MdavidK30 (rep: 3.7k) posted Jan 26, 2013
Wow. Our government is completely out of control. We are losing freedoms left and right while other countries are gaining theirs
akaricke (rep: 161k) posted Jan 26, 2013
bbattag I was asking if you buy one after the deadline that was unlocked before the deadline
helloamy1977 (rep: 2.6k) posted Jan 27, 2013
How can it be illegal to unlock a phone? What's the connection? This is so ........ lol!
alicepattinson (rep: 130) posted Jan 27, 2013
It should be illegal. Youre getting a deal on a phone with a contract based on using the phone with that provider and then the price of the phone is subsidized into the contract. Which is what this law entails, unlocking a phone that is under contract. There is nothing that says you cant have the phone unlocked after your contract is up and the provider is required to unlock it after the contract is up. Its really not a big deal.
Acidbaby (rep: 7k) posted Jan 27, 2013
This is a horrible violation of personal freedom. Once a product is paid for it should be a person should be able to actually USE it. The government is out of control with taking away freedom lately.
LokaFreeThings2 (rep: 3k) posted Jan 27, 2013
You are free to do with it what you want after its paid for which is when your contract expires which the phone can then be unlocked. People are letting emotions get in the way of common sense. This is no different than leasing a car you have a contract to use the vehicle for a certain amount of time in which you are saving money on payments compared to buying the car out right.
Acidbaby (rep: 7k) posted Jan 29, 2013
I heard in the news today that the President is signing something ( I think) to repeal that law. can anyone else elaborate on that?
xptrish (rep: 101k) posted Mar 05, 2013
The White House is against the ban. So maybe the administration will over turn the law.
jkbane (rep: 27) posted Mar 06, 2013
Congress is taking up a bill to make unlocking phones legal. But, I do see the carriers point of view if they give someone a $600 phone for $100 or $200 and that persons leaves for another carrier and they really don't have a way to collect the early termination fee. But, once the two years are up or someone pays full price for the phone then I see no reason why they should not be able to unlock their phone.
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