Now illegal to unlock your cellphone (U.S.)

Peter Haworth pete at lcsql.com
Sat Jan 26 18:18:40 EST 2013


That's more sensible Andre. I think most countries do it that way, or
something similar, but the US had to do its own thing of course -
government by lobbying!
Pete
lcSQL Software <http://www.lcsql.com>


On Sat, Jan 26, 2013 at 2:58 PM, Andre Garzia <andre at andregarzia.com> wrote:

> Peter,
>
> Here in Brazil, carrier still give you discounted rates on phones if you
> apply for a long term plan. They may still give you a locked phone but they
> must unlock it if you ask. So in effect, all phones are a step away from
> being unlocked. Still, you're locked to the carrier because of long term
> contracts (1 year or 1.5 years).
>
> Today I played with a alpha Firefox OS phone, it was very crap hardware and
> yet, it performed very well.
>
> :-D
>
>
> On Sat, Jan 26, 2013 at 8:50 PM, Peter Haworth <pete at lcsql.com> wrote:
>
> > Actually, I'm surprised it's not already illegal, at least in terms of
> > breaking your contract with the provider..  As mentioned in the article,
> in
> > return for using a carrier's network exclusively, you get the phone
> either
> > for free or at a highly discounted rate.
> >
> > If you want the freedom of using any carrier with your favorite phone,
> buy
> > an unlocked phone.  I'm not saying I agree with the way the cell phone
> > business works in the USA, but you do have a choice.
> >
> > Pete
> > lcSQL Software <http://www.lcsql.com>
> >
> >
> > On Sat, Jan 26, 2013 at 12:58 PM, Mark Wieder <mwieder at ahsoftware.net
> > >wrote:
> >
> > > Wow...
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >
> http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/now-illegal-unlock-cellphone/story?id=18319518
> > >
> > > --
> > > -Mark Wieder
> > >  mwieder at ahsoftware.net
> > >
> > >
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