Is iphone locked w/att network violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act?
Due to The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) [at 17 USC 1201], we can ask for the subsidy unlock code.
Does anyone here with locked iphone try to ask for unlock code, yet?
- 07-03-2007, 12:49 AM #2
- 07-03-2007, 01:15 AM #3
ok so I just called the AT&T iPhone support line and told them I would be in Europe for about 3 weeks and I would need to unlock my iPhone to avoid costly roaming fee's. This is the quote of the reps answer in the conversation "Because the phone is only provisioned by Apple through AT&T service. Apple has signed a 5 year contract with AT&T that states that no subsidy code will be provided to unlock the iPhone."
I then brought up about the DMCA and the representative researched this through a supervisor and came back with, "The US Copyright Office states that as of Nov 27, 2006 customers have a right to unlock their phone to use on any network so desired. However, The carrier may choose to deny the request on a single model."
To me, I think they made it up to end the phone call but, I haven't read anywhere that proves that they reserve the right to keep the phones locked from the public. If anyone has read this I would really like to see the supporting info. Just for my own knowledge.
Camarochris, you're the man!
Have you ever try another working at&t SIM card to use with the iphone?
Guess that we have to wait until the 2nd gen iphone come out, then they (at&t) could not say "on a single model" anymore. or we may need some lawyers with locked iphones, like judge Pearson then
- 07-03-2007, 07:12 AM #5
- 07-03-2007, 07:39 AM #6
As I understand it, the DCMA exemption on cell phones doesn't prevent a wireless company from locking its phones, the exemption removes the criminality from unlocking locked cell phones.
Originally Posted by DCMA Exemptions
- 07-03-2007, 07:42 AM #7
- 07-03-2007, 08:08 AM #8
- 07-03-2007, 08:18 AM #9
- 07-03-2007, 08:31 AM #10
The rep also suggested that I use my old phone if i would like to unlock a phone. They would be able to unlock that for me.