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 January 25 - 'Unlocking' your cellphone will be illegal starting Saturday
topic by TheDirector217 - 01-25-2013, 01:08 PM




Users will not be able to alter their cellphones to access different networks starting Saturday. But advocacy groups are questioning the law.



Starting Jan. 26, buying and unlocking a phone will no longer be legal in the United States.

The term "unlocking" a phone means to remove the security feature that prevents the phone being used on a different network. Once a phone is unlocked, it can work on more than one carrier's network. Unlocking phones is useful for those traveling internationally because it allows phones to work on different networks.

The Librarian of Congress, who determines any exemptions to a strict anti-hacking law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), decided in October 2012 that unlocking cellphones would no longer be allowed. A 90-day window was provided during which people could still buy phones and unlock them.

Currently Apple sells an unlocked iPhone 5 starting at $649 and Google sells Nexus 4 unlocked for $300.

Mashable reports that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is questioning DMCA's right to determine who can unlock a phone.

EFF attorney Mitch Stoltz said in a letter to TechNewsDaily.com: "Arguably, locking phone users into one carrier is not at all what the DMCA was meant to do. It's up to the courts to decide."

'Unlocking' your cellphone will be illegal starting Saturday

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 01-26-2013, 12:05 AMonline - #2
white-chocolate 110 heat pts110 space
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wonder if you buy it unlocked from canada or china and just use it in the states?
it says buying and unlocking a phone will no longer be legal in the United States. doesn't say anything about buying and using one already done from another country
 01-26-2013, 01:15 AMaway - #3
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 01-26-2013, 01:27 AMaway - #4
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Originally Posted by white-chocolate
wonder if you buy it unlocked from canada or china and just use it in the states?
it says buying and unlocking a phone will no longer be legal in the United States. doesn't say anything about buying and using one already done from another country
You can still buy a phone that comes pre-unlocked in the states. The law only applies to buying a phone that was already locked and unlocking it yourself, no matter where you got it from.
 01-26-2013, 01:40 AMaway - #5
Friday 1 heat pts space
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so I can't unlock a branded phone and take it overseas?
 01-26-2013, 01:43 AMaway - #6
bluedawgalex 1 heat pts space
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its MY phone i will do whatever the fu*k i want, they can eat a d!ck.

when they start handing me a phone for muthafu*kin free they can tell me how to use it.

as long as "I" pay for my phone and bill i will do how i please

that is all

 01-26-2013, 01:54 AMaway - #7
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What's next if I buy a ford I won't be able to get it serviced anywhere else
 01-26-2013, 01:55 AMaway - #8
Roo 50 289 heat pts289 space
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there are a million people who will unlock ya sh*t for u in ny. sh*t is a fu*kin industry here. not to mention u can do it yaself. they will never stop this.
 01-26-2013, 02:01 AMaway - #9
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Originally Posted by UniVersaceDaGr8
there are a million people who will unlock ya sh*t for u in ny. sh*t is a fu*kin industry here. not to mention u can do it yaself. they will never stop this.
Its not like they will activly pursue people unlocking phones, they will just add it to the list of bullsh*t they can charge to people when they bring them in and they have nothing else on them..... think about it.
 01-26-2013, 02:04 AMaway - #10
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Originally Posted by bluedawgalex
its MY phone i will do whatever the fu*k i want, they can eat a d!ck.

when they start handing me a phone for muthafu*kin free they can tell me how to use it.

as long as "I" pay for my phone and bill i will do how i please

that is all




 01-26-2013, 05:32 AMaway - #11
bi0 2 heat pts space
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The Librarian of Congress must have got big kick backs to get this law passed fu*k em
 01-26-2013, 06:47 AMonline - #12
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Before it was legal, people unlocked phones and never got in trouble, so people will just continue on.
 01-26-2013, 10:19 AMaway - #13
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this only applies to phones you purchase through a carrier, and after you fulfill your contract you can get it unlocked.


Nexus 4 FTW
 01-26-2013, 01:04 PMaway - #14
shoeprano27 22 heat pts22 space
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Originally Posted by bluedawgalex
its MY phone i will do whatever the fu*k i want, they can eat a d!ck.

when they start handing me a phone for muthafu*kin free they can tell me how to use it.

as long as "I" pay for my phone and bill i will do how i please

that is all

 01-26-2013, 02:42 PMaway - #15
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fu*kin ridiculous ...... how they hell are they going to tell us WE can't unlock a phone that We paid for with Our on money????

sh*t wont work even they do make it illegal, people will continue to do so. same with the whole dling movies,music, etc. just like Puffy said "CAN'T STOP WONT STOP" it will continue
 01-26-2013, 04:17 PMaway - #16
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Originally Posted by UniVersaceDaGr8
there are a million people who will unlock ya sh*t for u in ny. sh*t is a fu*kin industry here. not to mention u can do it yaself. they will never stop this.
word.. these n*ggas just trying to fu*k up the state lil by lil
 01-26-2013, 04:49 PMaway - #17
DUCE 138 heat pts138 space
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these cell phone company owners are billionaires but they still want MORE money
 01-26-2013, 04:55 PMaway - #18
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Originally Posted by fat_boyy21
this only applies to phones you purchase through a carrier, and after you fulfill your contract you can get it unlocked.


Nexus 4 FTW
You obviously didn't read the article.....
 01-27-2013, 08:54 AMaway - #19
NahLij 7 heat pts space
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Yea yea yea, Ok unlocking is illegal, so is all the p!racy we indulge in on a daily basis.

FOH gubment, we will not stop.
 01-27-2013, 10:49 AMaway - #20
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Originally Posted by Solidus
True north strong and free!!!

- as he types this from his unlocked Samsung Galaxy Nexus...

Last edited by dmxonline; 01-27-2013 at 01:56 PM..
 

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