Discussion in 'Mobile Devices' started by BIV, Feb 21, 2013.
This law is bullshit. You sign a contract to have a phone subsidized. If you either complete that contract or leave early and pay the penalty, you have covered your obligation to purchase that phone.
I'm sure our politicians will have our best interests in mind when they deal with these corporations.
Why do people waste their time on these petitions? Just unlock your damn phone.
Pretty sure this has nothing to do with skating on a contract.
Sent from the USS Sulaco.
These petitions are the new opiate of the masses.
Yes, because it's better to circumvent a bad law than try to fix it.
And unlike your average online petition, this one is actually forcing action. I'm not saying it's going anywhere, but that doesn't mean it's not worth the effort.
Doesn't the law say you can never unlock your phone and take it to another carrier, even after meeting your contractual obligations for purchasing that phone?
What happens is the carrier will subsidize your phone for a two-year contract. Once you've met that contract, or bailed on it and paid the early termination fee, that phone is your property. At this point, you should be able to do whatever you want with it, including unlocking it and taking it to another carrier.
Because the White House takes these petitions so seriously?
Has anyone ever been arrested for unlocking a phone?
I agree with you. I apparently misread your first post - I took it as you thought the law let you skip out of your contract or something. I posted that on the way to work.
Yeah I figured that's what happened, I would never be in support of allowing people to just skip out on a contract (what's the point of having one then).
Unlocking prepaid phones to allow free calling should be illegal. I'm talking about your average person.
Am I correct in assuming it would be difficult to activate an unlocked phone with a different carrier?
T-Mobile welcomes them. They even give instructions on how to set up an iPhone on their network.
There's even people that buy their phones outright, and would like the ability to do whatever they want with them.
Take the good you can get from him.