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So unless you pay full price when you sign up for a new contract you will be sol to take that phone to another carrier and activate it.
The mvdo prepaid services have already made changes. Straight talk to the att sim off of their website. Good thing I signed up 2 months ago with my att galaxy.
You may remember that last year, the DMCA exemption on unlocking phones was smacked down. Well its going into effect this Saturday. So starting tomorrow, unlocking your phone will be officially illegal. Yay.
Jailbreaking is still legal for 3 years according to the article. Not sure if that is a work around for unlocking or not. ( if jailbreaking your phone can also unlock it.)
You're paying for the full price of that "discounted" phone over the term of your contract, they just roll that cost in with the monthly bill they send their subscribers. Once your contract is up (or bought out with the early termination fee) you should be able to do whatever the hell you want with the personal property you purchased from the phone company.
So I wonder if the Consumers Protection Bureau or whatever it is would have anything to say about this.
And apparently the Library of Congress is in charge of making laws through the DMCA... wtf?
I do think the CFPB will have something to say about this. It's the equivalent of saying that even if you pay off your house you can never take out a mortgage with another lender.
This post was edited by fishrose 18 months ago
Depends if the lobbyists allow them to, like everything in Washington.
This is just another law that won't be followed, and one more crack in the reputation of our government.
Wow, melodramatic much?
A White House petition to make unlocking cell phones legal again has passed 1 lakh signature . Passing the milestone means the U.S. government has to issue an official response. On January 26th, unlocking a cell phone that is under contract became illegal in the U.S Just before that went into effect , a petition was started at whitehouse.gov https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/make-unlocking-cell-phones-legal/1g9KhZG7 to have the Librarian of Congress revisit that decision. 'It reduces consumer choice, and decreases the resale value of devices that consumers have paid for in full. The Librarian noted that carriers are offering more unlocked phones at present, but the great majority of phones sold are still locked,this can be done using any third party vendors like http://www.onlinegsmunlock.com/ .The policy is a big issue for anyone who wants to use their phone abroad, without needing to go through their U.S.' carrier's expensive roaming and international plans. Additionally, anyone who wants to move to a new GSM carrier in the U.S. (such as T-Mobile to AT&T), will have issues.
It should be illegal to not capitalize OT in the title.
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