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    Default Re: Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

    Now things just a bit more interesting.....
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    Default Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

    I'm not going to go with the "it's my phone, I can do what I want with it" argument, cuz I can see how a subsidized phone isn't technically "my own".
    However I do question wether the DCMA gives rights to ANYBODY to determine if I can unlock the phone that is solely in my possession.
    I don't think anybody will stop offering unlock services, as it is going to be incredibly difficult to prosecute that "crime"
    I predict life will go on as usual long after that date passes.
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    Default Re: Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

    Pure BS and I thought we lived in freedom country lol.

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    Default Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

    Quote Originally Posted by John Yester View Post
    Now things just a bit more interesting.....
    No doubt. I can see carriers no longer giving out unlocking procedures but sell unlocked phones at the unsubsidized price only.
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    Default Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

    Quote Originally Posted by vietalogy View Post
    Pure BS and I thought we lived in freedom country lol.

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    Haven't you been paying attention to the transformation that has been taking place in our beloved country?....
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    Default Re: Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

    Quote Originally Posted by vietalogy View Post
    Pure BS and I thought we lived in freedom country lol.
    That ship sailed a long time ago...
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    Default Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

    It's illegal because the company's get more money
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    Default Re: Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

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    It's illegal because the company's get more money
    Huh?
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    Default Re: Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

    Who exactly is going to enforce this? The Unlocking Police? I'm going to laugh if the police come to my house for unlocking my phone.
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    Default Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

    I can see some good regulations and channel checks coming about with this. Carriers could offer unlocks for a price and all the unlock companies online being forced to close. This could get real interesting real quick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jclisenby View Post
    I can see some good regulations and channel checks coming about with this. Carriers could offer unlocks for a price and all the unlock companies online being forced to close. This could get real interesting real quick.
    how are they going to shut them down?
    go door to door and ask people if they provide "illegal" unlocking services?
    and on whose authority does it become illegal!
    the united states government? interpol? google or apple security?
    there will be no task forces, no shutdowns, no arrests... this "law" i about as useful as the law that makes it illegal to tie your horse to a fencepost within 15 paces of an open bank
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    Default Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

    Quote Originally Posted by 3cit View Post
    how are they going to shut them down?
    go door to door and ask people if they provide "illegal" unlocking services?
    and on whose authority does it become illegal!
    the united states government? interpol? google or apple security?
    there will be no task forces, no shutdowns, no arrests... this "law" i about as useful as the law that makes it illegal to tie your horse to a fencepost within 15 paces of an open bank
    It's made illegal under United States law. The FBI and other coordinating agencies are responsible for enforcement. This would be a crime very similar to pirating DVDs. They can easily shut down websites by pulling their servers and sending them a notice.

    The carriers are a big part of the lobby that have gotten this practice made illegal. They have a lot of power in Washington and enforcement of the new unlocking laws will be pushed by them.
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    Default Re: Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

    Unlock your phone? Illegal

    Launder a billion for drug cartels? Legal

    No wonder this country is a joke of it's former self
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    Default Re: Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

    Seeing things like that makes me glad I live on the other side of the globe...
    If you have jailbreak woes, you can iMessage me at iDonev@me.com. I'll try to help (provided I have time to spare).
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    Default Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

    Unlock will still be legal as long as phone purchased before 1/26 even if you unlock after that date.
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    Default Re: Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

    Rather than do such horrible things to society like unlocking your phone, do the right thing every law abiding citizen does and go buy yourself a shiny new assault rifle with extended capacity clips!
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    Default Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

    Quote Originally Posted by iDonev View Post
    Seeing things like that makes me glad I live on the other side of the globe...
    Don't worry the new world order will be here soon and will all be living under the same rules.
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    Default Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

    The FBI can't do a damn thing!
    You think members here like unlock streak or anyone else care what U.S. says about unlocking phones
    And I'd love to see what AT&T does to a "customer" using t-mobile!
    A sternly worded email?
    The very second that a carrier tries to push this forward, some advocacy group is going to stand up and fight the legality of the law. Starting with how it was established!
    The DCMA does not give anybody the right to create new laws. A phone made by Samsung, apple, Sony, Motorola, htc, etc is not copyright protected media for AT&T or Verizon or sprint or any other service provider.
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    Default Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

    The more I read about it, the more I'm convinces that it is an example of another knee-jerk law to prevent companies that provide unlock codes from making money & probably an attempt to keep T-Mobile from gaining too many customers.
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    Default Re: Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

    Quote Originally Posted by JustMe'D View Post
    The more I read about it, the more I'm convinces that it is an example of another knee-jerk law to prevent companies that provide unlock codes from making money & probably an attempt to keep T-Mobile from gaining too many customers.
    I don't think it's going to prevent much. Unlockers are still unlocking today.
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    Default Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

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    I don't think it's going to prevent much. Unlockers are still unlocking today.
    I agree, Garz. I can't see any enforcement action being taken against individuals who unlock their own devices.
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    Default Re: Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

    I think unlock service can still unlock if your phone was purchased before the new year. As of now chronic is still unlocking iphone.

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    Default Re: Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

    Quote Originally Posted by vietalogy View Post
    I think unlock service can still unlock if your phone was purchased before the new year. As of now chronic is still unlocking iphone.

    Sent from my Nexus 4
    And so is everybody else.
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    Default Re: Smartphone Unlocking becomes illegal on Jan 26th

    I think we need an official word from iMore: are we still allowed to help people looking to unlock, or does the taboo list get a new addition?
    If you have jailbreak woes, you can iMessage me at iDonev@me.com. I'll try to help (provided I have time to spare).
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