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Starting Today, It's Illegal to Unlock Your Cellphone

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Jenky, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    If anyone cares, you can unlock AT&T and T-Mobile Galaxy S3's without the carrier being able to do a damn thing about it. There is an easy software hack.

    I do think it is silly that there is a law against unlocking a phone that you have purchased assuming you have paid your bill and the contract is up.
     
  2. CanadianCowboysFan

    CanadianCowboysFan Lightning Rod

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    Isn't that the key though? Your contract has to be up.

    Up here, we don't have that law but carriers now allow you to port your number although most just get new phones if they do. However, my company Telus allows me to switch phones at any time but they figure out my savings on the phone, and reduce it by 1/36 every month that passes. I could switch from my present blackberry to say a Samsung Galaxy SIII no problem, just have to pay out balance on my previous phone.

    If I switched carriers mid contract, I would pay a penalty, usually 2-3 months bill.
     
  3. rickjameschinaclub

    rickjameschinaclub Benched

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    You think the price they getting on the phone is anywhere near what your paying for it? Cheap is a relative term.
     
  4. TheKey

    TheKey Faster than Felix

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  5. TheKey

    TheKey Faster than Felix

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    T-Mo is owned by the German company Deutsche Telekom, which has a presence all over Europe. That's probably why.
     
  6. rickjameschinaclub

    rickjameschinaclub Benched

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    http://www.slate.com/articles/busin...s_paying_more_for_your_phone_is_good_for.html

    Looked into this a little bit more:

     

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