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Petition to legalize cell-phone unlocking tops 100,000 signatures

Discussion in 'Mobile Devices' started by BIV, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. BIV

    BIV I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.

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    http://www.networkworld.com/communi...e-cell-phone-unlocking-tops-100000-signatures
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  2. whiskeyguy

    whiskeyguy PR representative for Drunk Whiskeyguy.

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    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.
     
  3. Mags

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    I'm sure our politicians will have our best interests in mind when they deal with these corporations.
     
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  4. Don the Radio Guy

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    Why do people waste their time on these petitions? Just unlock your damn phone.
     
  5. Hate & Discontent

    Hate & Discontent Yo, homie. Is that my briefcase?

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    Pretty sure this has nothing to do with skating on a contract.

    Sent from the USS Sulaco.
     
  6. Guilty Spark

    Guilty Spark It's freeing and refreshing

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    These petitions are the new opiate of the masses.
     
  7. BIV

    BIV I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.

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    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.
     
  8. whiskeyguy

    whiskeyguy PR representative for Drunk Whiskeyguy.

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    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.
     
  9. Don the Radio Guy

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    Because the White House takes these petitions so seriously?

    Has anyone ever been arrested for unlocking a phone?
     
  10. Hate & Discontent

    Hate & Discontent Yo, homie. Is that my briefcase?

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    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.
     
  11. whiskeyguy

    whiskeyguy PR representative for Drunk Whiskeyguy.

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    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).
     
  12. NotSoFast

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  13. Don the Radio Guy

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    Unlocking prepaid phones to allow free calling should be illegal. I'm talking about your average person.
     
  14. peewee

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    Am I correct in assuming it would be difficult to activate an unlocked phone with a different carrier?
     
  15. Don the Radio Guy

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    T-Mobile welcomes them. They even give instructions on how to set up an iPhone on their network.
     
  16. BIV

    BIV I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.

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    http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/white-house-urges-reversal-ban-cell-phone-unlocking
     
  17. Cunt Smasher

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    There's even people that buy their phones outright, and would like the ability to do whatever they want with them.
     
  18. Party Rooster

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    Thanks Obama.
     
  19. Ego

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    stevethrower Got Sig?

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