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Old 01-25-2013, 02:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Unlocking new smartphone becomes harder Saturday - CNN.com

Interesting. I am surprised I haven't heard more about this before now.
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Default Re: Unlocking smartphones after 1/26/13 will be more difficult

This has never been a problem for me, only because I've never swtiched carriers.

The issue seems to center on the idea of software. I understand where the carriers are coming from, but I don't think it's a strong argument.
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Are they making it harder, or just making it "illegal?"
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Illegal or harder makes no difference when the unlock code become unavailable.

Cell phone unlocking becomes a crime on Saturday | TechBlog | a Chron.com blog

unlocked phones can be set to fully automatic so the government will ban any that can hold large capacity memory clips. Transfer will not be tolerated.
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Are they making it harder, or just making it "illegal?"
It's actually going to be illegal. They have interpreted the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in such a way that unlocking a phone without the permission of the carrier is a crime. They had made this ruling a while back but put a 3-month stay on enforcement. That 3-month stay expires on January 26th.
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It's actually going to be illegal. They have interpreted the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in such a way that unlocking a phone without the permission of the carrier is a crime. They had made this ruling a while back but put a 3-month stay on enforcement. That 3-month stay expires on January 26th.
But you can still get the carrier to unlock if you meet their requirements, and you can still buy phones online. I actually hope that this means that carriers will have to unlock a device if I walk into their shop and pay full-price like they do overseas.
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I would suggest the carriers wont allow the unlocking because in their minds it will prevent a customer from defecting to another carrier. The cost Verizon and ATT have to give Apple for the I-Phones is somewhere around $200 per phone to keep the cost lower for it's customers. A two year contract does not cover that and other costs to support the smartphones. My bet is they will resist.
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Default Re: Unlocking smartphones after 1/26/13 will be more difficult

Back in the old days you had to say you were traveling overseas to get your phone unlocked.
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Looks like a step in the right direction

The White House Supports the Right to Unlock Your Cellphone&mdash;but That's Just the Start - Derek Khanna - The Atlantic
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