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Unauthorized Unlocking Of Smartphones Becomes Illegal Saturday

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  1. CatfishRivers

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    Unauthorized unlocking of smartphones becomes illegal Saturday | Crave - CNET (click for full article)

    Summary: The feds mandate fidelity between carriers and users: New rule under DMCA outlaws unlocking new handsets without carrier permission.

    by Eric Mack January 25, 2013 4:57 AM PST

    "For all you polyamorous types out there who don't like the long-term monogamy demanded by most American wireless carriers when it comes to smartphones, I have bad news.

    Starting this Saturday, it becomes illegal in this great land to unlock a new smartphone without the permission of the carrier that locked it in the first place.

    This all goes back to a final rule issued in late October by the Librarian of Congress (PDF) -- the Library of Congress handles the rulemaking for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which is the specific law we're talking about here."
     
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    Not gonna change anything.
    I can just flash the at&t rom onto my verizon gs3 and it works on the at&t network. No one will ever know I did it so how does it matter?
    When I'm done, just flash back to the verizon rom.
     
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    By making it illegal this give Verizon the power to go after ya! Everyone is thinking the feds are gonna enforce this restriction. But the Terms Of Service agreement violations are the real power behind the throne. All these wonderful phones would make great doorstops.

    Just something to consider...

    Carl
     
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    Law makers have way tooooo much time on their hands and busy lining their pockets with 'donations' from lobbyists.
     
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    Too True!
     
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    According to the new law.The cell phones which was bought after jan 26 2013 alone is illegal to unlock without network provider permission. If we want to make it legal we have to sign a petition in the Link below.all join your hands and support for it.
    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/make-unlocking-cell-phones-legal/1g9KhZG7
    It has to be done by 23rd of February .To make it legal you need to wait until 1 lakhs petition to be signed in and approved by USA government .
    If thats not your case you can very well unlock with the help of online vendors like Onlinegsmunlock.com. lets pin our hope that the petition should be approved.. i just purchased an Iphone 5 and i want to unlock it :mad: really going mad.
     
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    As of January 26, it is illegal for U.S. mobile phone users to unlock newly purchased cell phones without express permission from their cell phone carriers. Cell phone unlocking used to be possible as part of an exemption from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA), but the exception ended following a ruling by the Library of Congress's Copyright Office in October of 2012.

    Sina Khanifar, co-founder of OpenSignal, is protesting the new law with a whitehouse.gov petition calling for the decision to be rescinded. In 2004, Khanifar started Cell-Unlock.com, a business centered around unlocking mobile phones.

    The site led to a cease and desist letter from Motorola, which was successfully nullified by the founder of Stanford's Cyberlaw Clinic, Jennifer Granick, who went on to lobby for the now-defunct DMCA exemption for unlocking phones.

    As Khanifar mentions in his petition, the loss of the exemption hinders mobile phone users who wish to unlock their phones for use abroad and it also devalues the devices.
    Consumers will be forced to pay exorbitant roaming fees to make calls while traveling abroad. It reduces consumer choice, and decreases the resale value of devices that consumers have paid for in full.

    The Libraran noted that carriers are offering more unlocked phones at present, but the great majority of phones sold are still locked.
    Khanifar needs approximately 13,000 additional signatures on his petition, which ends on February 23, to receive a formal White House response. The White House has a policy of issuing a response to petitions that garner at least 100,000 signatures. The signatures do not guarantee a reversal of the policy, but they will ensure that the issue is officially addressed.

    Though cell phone unlocking is now illegal on an individual basis for phones purchased after January 26, 2013, users are still able to have phones unlocked through carriers. Unlocked cell phones can also be purchased from carriers at unsubsidized prices.


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