Originally Posted by TheKey
In light of the recent news that the carriers WILL unlock your phone after your contract is up OR if you pay the early termination fee, I actually agree with this ruling. When you bought the cheap phone, you paid only a fraction of the cost. The carrier subsidized the majority of the cost on the condition that you stay with their service. You want them to help pay for your phone and to let you go use it on another carrier? It doesn't make sense for them.
To be clear, it is not illegal to unlock your phone. It is illegal to unlock your phone if you are under contract, which you signed.
Aren't you still bound by the contract? Unlocked or not you are still either paying the monthly bill or have payed the ETF.