Unlocking Cell Phones Becomes Illegal In The U.S. On January 26th
What does this really mean? I live in Bermuda and was planning to buy a locked bb10 in the US and unlocking it when I got back home, would this still be possible after the 26th or can I still by a unlock phone?
- 01-24-13, 09:24 PM #2
- 01-24-13, 09:28 PM #3
- 01-25-13, 12:37 AM #6
How the government deemed unlocking to be equivalent to hacking (while jailbreaking/rooting is not) is beyond me.
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01-25-13, 12:53 AM #7
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What is funny to me is how little coverage this received during the grace period. We heard about it.... Then it went away. With the amount of "smart phone" users out there I figured more people would be upset or at least intrigued by this.
- 01-25-13, 12:55 AM #8
- 01-25-13, 02:20 AM #9
You can buy unlocked BBs just as easily as unlocked Androids and iPhones: either through carriers directly after paying retail price, through third party sellers that sell factory unlocked phones (I believe these will stay legal, as factory unlocked implies the phone was never locked to a carrier), and from hardware makers' stores (like the Apple store.) RIM, Samsung, HTC, etc. are all welcome to build B&M retail stores and sell phones from there if they feel their sales will suffer due to this ruling.
I haven't looked at a scenario by scenario interpretation of this decision, but third party sellers that sell branded (i.e. non-factory) unlocked phones might still be able to do so as well.
- 01-25-13, 02:44 AM #11
seems like an absurd law designed to benefit large companies. It apparently hampers competition between the carriers which is bad for the consumer, well that's what I read anyway.
When will common sense prevail again amongst policy makers
- 01-25-13, 05:55 AM #13
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01-25-13, 08:24 AM #16
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While I do hate corporate greed, let's face it... AT&T and Sprint (and whoever else sells the iPhone, for example) pays a lot of money for the rights to sell these devices exclusively on their networks. They take a hit and don't break even for years. So all they want is the right to say "you bought this with Sprint, you have to use it with Sprint." There's no secret to it, you have your choice of whichever carrier sells what you want to buy. If BMW said "you can ONLY service your car at a BMW dealership" then you have the choice of buying it or not, or trying to circumvent their policies which might get your warranty revoked.
This is how the market works. Supply and demand. If you don't like what they're selling, then you go elsewhere to buy it (unlocked from me, your Canadian pharmacy and cell phone supplier).
- 01-25-13, 10:56 AM #21
The previous DMCA exception is for you to write your own unlocking software by yourself and unlocking your own cell phone --- that's all. A completely useless DMCA exception.
Here is the explanation from the Stanford law professor who was instrumental to getting the DMCA exemption in the first place.
- 01-25-13, 11:03 AM #22
If a thief steals my phone and tries to sell it unlocked, then they're SOL.
- 01-25-13, 11:20 AM #23
The most common scenario of unlocked phones being used on other networks is AT&T customers taking it over to T-Mobile and using it originally on the 2G network, and now on the refarmed 3G/HSPA+ networks in some markets. These sales are counter to your point, because they bring Apple money without having to release a phone for the destination network.
IMHO if anyone lobbied for the exceptions to expire, it would have to be the carriers (especially AT&T.) Or it could just be a nonsensical interpretation of the law made by an un-elected official.
Last edited by raino; 01-25-13 at 05:11 PM. Reason: clarity
- 01-25-13, 11:26 AM #24
One big thing I see with making unlocking cellphone illegal (aside from carrier unlock) is that carriers have an excuse to charge someone an unlocking fee regardless if the phone was bought outright or the term is finished.
In Canada, although unlocking is still legal (there's a copyright bill C-61), we still have to pay carriers a fee to unlock.
"If enacted, Bill C-61 would not allow unlocking of cellphones, forcing consumers to acquire a new cell phone each time they switch a carrier, creating excess waste.
Bill C-61, which parallels American DMCA, could allow lawsuits over the legality of companies that offer to recycle printer ink cartridges."
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