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PostPosted: Saturday, 26.Jan.2013 07:29    Post subject: DCMA Craziness   Reply with quote   

Gotta love the way lawmakers work in the USA. Not sure if this applies to the rest of the world but apparently it's no longer legal to request a carrier to unlock your phone.

Unlocking Your Phone Is Illegal Starting Tomorrow


Unlocking phones without the express consent of the carrier who locked them became illegal thanks to edits to DMCA exemptions back in October, but it's only now that the 90-day grace period is running out. Locked phones purchased in the 90 days after the ruling are still game to be unlocked, but from here on out, for an unlocked phone to be legitimate, it'll have to have been bought that way or come with a permission slip from your carrier.

Source: morrow

How this even pertains to the DCMA (ill-fitting law created to try to reign in digital copyright violations) is beyond me.
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PostPosted: Saturday, 26.Jan.2013 23:09    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

I think it is time for US consumers to use some consumer power.

Rather than buying the insanely priced subsidized phones, buy an unlocked imported one instead and put it on a prepaid carrier like Straight Talk. The whole current model of AT&T, Sprint and Verizon is a rip off and the best way to change things is by being a critical consumer and buy something else.

I have my N7100 on Straight Talk and can only laugh at the locked down, bloated versions sold by the US main carriers.

I am not surprised that they work hard against unlocking since this is a business against the consumers. On the other hand, as long as the consumers buy their handsets, they will continue.

I would say that the mobile market is the weakest point of the US. It is really behind the curve.
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