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Old 01-30-2013, 08:49 AM
 
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Time Warner Cable is already doing that .

I found this restriction to unlock phones plain greed. I used to unlock my phone to use a local SIM card when traveling to another country instead of paying the ridiculous fees of AT&T's international plans. And later, I would sell the phone. The thing is, next time I'll probably get an unlocked phone from Google or some other company instead of AT&T, and I'll get the cheapest plan I can find. I'm so tired of greedy companies.
It's a little soon to call carriers greedy. AT&T Mobility has a policy to allow users to unlock their phones given they are out of contract and in good standing. T-Mobile is more lenient with unlocking.

Also, AT&T and T-Mobile both will unlock your phone on international frequencies if you ask.
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:21 PM
 
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I think you missed the definition of unlocking on the first page
Actually I know exactly what it is.
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:25 PM
 
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Actually I know exactly what it is.
Then why the comment about unlocking the bootloader or rooting, it has nothing to do with this law.
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:39 PM
 
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Then why the comment about unlocking the bootloader or rooting, it has nothing to do with this law.
They generally go hand in hand, not always, but this is mostly the case. The principle is the same, to do things with your phone that the carrier didn't intend. Now, was that so hard?
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Old 02-04-2013, 06:28 PM
 
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How about if you unlock it on an overseas trip in a country where it's still legal?
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:34 AM
 
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How about if you unlock it on an overseas trip in a country where it's still legal?
You and/or the phone traveling outside the US makes no difference what so ever. It has to do with your subsidized phone price, service contract and the fine print.

You can ask them for an unlock code due to travel, but really, that is at the operators discretion.
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:09 AM
 
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You and/or the phone traveling outside the US makes no difference what so ever. It has to do with your subsidized phone price, service contract and the fine print.

You can ask them for an unlock code due to travel, but really, that is at the operators discretion.
I'm surprised the jurisdiction for this law extends beyond US soil, that's all.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:07 AM
 
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I'm surprised the jurisdiction for this law extends beyond US soil, that's all.
Yeah, I totally understand where you were coming from, although I am not certain if a manhunt will go down for unlocking your phone overseas

In the bigger picture, this will be somewhat irrelevant as we shift away from the old model of subsidized phone prices tied to service plans from the carriers.

T-Mobile for example is taking the lead (of the major 4) with ending these subsidized phones and treating the phone purchase separately from the plan as opposed to 'locking you into' the service plan with the phone. The reality is the technology is changing faster than the plans (2 year commitments) and the ETFs are outrageous.
The growth of the MVNO has proven to be successful model for a large group of users that could absolutely care less about getting the latest iGadget or super phone and being locked into a contract for 2 years.

The industry has changed and its nice to see the business model is too
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:43 PM
 
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So far a petition has reached 100k to overturn this law.

White House petition to unlock cell phones hits 100,000 trigger | Politics and Law - CNET News
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:11 PM
 
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Obama has input on the matter

White House: Consumers should be able to unlock smartphones - latimes.com
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