Unlocking your mobile phone will become a crime starting Saturday

By Shawn Knight
Jan 25, 2013
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  1. ViperSniper2

    ViperSniper2 Newcomer, in training Posts: 49

    Actually it's now $349, but that's still a great deal for what you get. They've been out of stock though. Luckily though Google says supply constraints will be eased soon. It was because Google didn't put any limits on the number of devices people could buy. Consequently large companies were buying 100's at a time if not 1000's and of course we've had tons of ebay scapers cleaning up on buying them for $299 and selling them for as much as $600 on ebay!
  2. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TechSpot Guru Posts: 675   +39

    Do they even know if you unlock it?
  3. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TechSpot Booster Posts: 944   +94


    You are billed the subsidized price of the phone at the start of the contract. If you leave before your contract is over, it's not the money for the phone they want, its the months remaining on your contract for cell service they are after.
  4. wizardB

    wizardB Newcomer, in training Posts: 51

    The US government the best government that corporate money can buy!!Sure am glad I live in a truly free country......Canada.You sold your freedom for the appearance of safety now your going to have to fight and maybe die if you ever want to wrestle it back from big content and their ilk!
    ViperSniper2 likes this.
  5. KbloodyK

    KbloodyK TechSpot Member Posts: 24

    Quick, everybody unlock your phones now!
  6. Carls999

    Carls999 Newcomer, in training

    Land of the free indeed.
    KbloodyK and ViperSniper2 like this.
  7. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TechSpot Booster Posts: 944   +94

    Just what I thought... So they had to actually make a law to tell you to wait until your contract is over before you can unlock your phone permanently? Wow, are people really that stupid they need this clarified? Why would this EVER be legal in the first place? What benefit do you get from permanently unlocking a phone on CONTRACT before it's over? Are international customers upset about this? Well they are the minority, and if they can afford to travel overseas, they can afford to purchase an unlocked phone. Period.

    Humanity is doomed. We're getting dumber not smarter.
  8. killeriii

    killeriii TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

    Ha Ha Ha...Noob!
    Once I start a contract with a carrier, they don't care what phone I use, or even if I use a phone at all. All they care about is that I pay my monthly bill. Once I enter the contract, the phone is mine. I am legally obligated to pay out my contract. Again, the phone is mine from day one.
    The only reason the carriers are pushing this law is to force you to continue to use your purchased phone with them only.
    What's next, breaking your phone will be illegal too?
    Just for clarification...The phone is NOT on contract. It's just subsidized. Your service is on contract. The phone is included on agreement to pay X amount for X amount of time for service, not for the phone. Cell service costs the same even if you bring your own phone to the table, but you're not locked in a contracted service that way.
  9. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TechSpot Booster Posts: 944   +94

    Just for clarification...The phone is NOT on contract. It's just subsidized. Your service is on contract.

    I don't think so. You get the phone for cheap BECAUSE you agree to the (1-3 year) plan. Otherwise you pay full retail price. A contract is a contract is a contract. When you default, you pay the remaining of your contract (cancellation fees etc), and you keep the phone because they are asking for money to the end of your contract, not up until the time you defaulted.
  10. killeriii

    killeriii TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

    My point was, once you agree to the contracted service, it shouldn't matter what happens to the phone. You're obligated to pay out your contract no matter what.
  11. EClyde

    EClyde TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 136   +12

    Tracphone Baby !! Are you a nerd or a sucker?
     
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,773   +1,429

    Or a thread necromancer?
    Kibaruk likes this.
  13. Gopal Bhat

    Gopal Bhat Newcomer, in training Posts: 43   +7

    1) This is ridiculous
    2) How will anyone even find out your device has been 'illegally' unlocked?

    Unlocking a phone a crime. What a joke!
    So many REAL crimes are happening in the world and this kind of crap gets attention.
  14. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,195   +69

    Read dates... please!! Unsuscribing thread...
    learninmypc likes this.
  15. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 5,105   +223

    I think articles like this should be locked after a certain length of time. I too just noticed the year old date:eek:


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