JanSt

Phone unlocking illegal in USA from next week

UPDATE: legislation has changed. You can legally unlock again in the USA

Starting next week it will be illegal to sim-unlock YOUR network locked phone in the United States of Ahem! http://www.technewsdaily.com/16514-unlocking-cellphones-becomes-illegal.html

Will the new legislation stop you?
Will similar legislation make it to Euroland?
Do you care?
Any chance of a bunk bed, Ecuador?

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CTPAHHIK  Jan. 25, 2013 at 10:25

This only applies if you unlock your phone without using a code. You don't really need to ask carrier to unlock your phone. If you have a code it's still legal.

Right of the bet unlocking HTC would be illegal. But there is no way of figuring out if phone was locked after unlock is done.
When unlocking Galaxy Aces, code to unlock is stored in system files on the phone - legal.
Sony - unlock via test point - legal.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 25, 2013 at 11:24

Will the new legislation stop you? No, I'm not American and don't live there
Will similar legislation make it to Euroland? Doubt it, never heard of it being discussed.
Do you care? Absolutely not, US gun laws are a far bigger issue than bloody phone unlocking.
Any chance of a bunk bed, Ecuador? I'm good, Ecuador can keep their sleeping apparatus.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 25, 2013 at 11:26

Irrelevant. Point is to scare people off any "free" decision. There's quite a bit of legal p2p stuff on the net. But many folks belief "torrent" itself is on a level with "al qaeda" or pedo p*rn... Scare tactics work.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 25, 2013 at 11:28

Sorry, matt, my last post didn't refer to your reply.
You posted at same time ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 25, 2013 at 11:32

Irrelevant. Point is to scare people off any "free" decision. There's quite a bit of legal p2p stuff on the net. But many folks belief "torrent" itself is on a level with "al qaeda" or pedo p*rn... Scare tactics work.
Also irrelevant, the state of P2P doesn't change my answers to any of those questions. The US' laws on phone unlocking still don't apply to me, I still don't care about them, I still think similar legislation will not turn up in Europe (the carriers have far, far less power over here) and I still don't fancy living in Ecuador.

"The land of the free", becoming less free also doesn't interest me. Anyone stupid enough to think that any country is truly "free", is unbelievably deluded. True, scare tactics work. The thing is, they only work on the uneducated, who frankly, I couldn't care less about.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 25, 2013 at 11:33

Sorry, didn't see that it didn't apply to me :p. Still, that ^^^ would be my answer if it did apply to me haha :D.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 25, 2013 at 11:52

Agree with most of your points. Not so sure about the "uneducated" bit, but I'm sure you could spin a context to dazzle me :p

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 25, 2013 at 15:18

I think about 95% of US phone users don't know if their phone is locked or not and around 90% don't know the difference.
You don't get a better price by taking out SIM only deal in US. There is zero incentive to buy phone anywhere else besides provider.

Verizon and Sprint work only with Verizon and Spring supplied phones. You cannot connect any other phone or switch between the two.

axat  Jan. 28, 2013 at 11:15

is it illegal to unlock old phones if purchased in 2012 ?

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 28, 2013 at 12:08

The article talks of a 3 months period of 'mercy' without saying what exactly that means.
Since you ask, I assume you're in the USA. Maybe you check a forum that is more US-centric? A network support forum? Or ask on Twitter/Farcebook?
I did a quick Google search and couldn't find definitive answers.

earth  Jun. 5, 2013 at 13:23

The updated information is.....It is now legal to get our phones unlocked from third party unlocking services in U.S.Recently, I unlocked my mobile .I had to travel outside my country and I had to unlock it very quickly.My network provider prolonged the unlock process...and luckily the amendment of unlocking phone made legal saved my time.I used the service from Prounlocking.com and removed the network lock very easily.They unlocked my phone within few hours....

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