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Senate unanimously passes bill to legalize cellphone unlocking

By Himanshu Arora ยท 6 replies
Jul 17, 2014
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  1. Cellphone unlocking could soon become legal again after Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday cleared the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act through a unanimous consent agreement. The bill is now headed to the House for a...

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,050   +1,384

    Unanimously? in america?
  3. Don't seem so surprised. It only means there are demons buried somewhere in the bill's text.
  4. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,540   +918

    [quote="RustyTech, post: 1416070, member: 344723"Regarding the article, I wonder what they mean when they say "provisioned"?[/quote]

    Same as a modem. Its info has to be entered into the provders' sytem for it to have the ability to give you Internet access and be billed for it.
  5. robb213

    robb213 TS Evangelist Posts: 348   +114

    And in other news Rep. Blackburn of Tennessee proposed and got a bill passed in the House that plans to strip the FCC of its power to mandate what States can do with municipal broadband, and is on its way to the Senate.
  6. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +132

    I unlock just so I can use custom ROMs. Don't care to switch carriers, just hate the crap software they put on it that use battery, randomly check location, etc. from the vendor and even more on top of that from the provide. Also the lack of updating is horrible. Some phones are still on Android 4.0 or less and haven't been updated. That's like keeping your PC on Windows XP and expecting to be secure.

    One of the biggest complaints about Android phones over iPhone is that moving from phone to phone you get a different interface each time. What people don't realize is that Google never intended this and that vendors are f-ing up the ecosystem. If you run standard ASOP everything is the same phone to phone. From there you can build your add-ons, like dual-camera technology, etc. Why companies like Samsung (TouchWiz) and HTC (Sense) continue to build their own crap over top that bloat the phone is beyond me. The fact that people just "accept" it bugs me even more.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  7. TadMSTR

    TadMSTR TS Booster Posts: 56   +24

    The bill is about carrier unlocking, not bootloader unlocking. Two very different things. It was never illegal to unlock your bootloader. Doing so just voids your warranty, in most cases.
    Hexic likes this.

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