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Story: Unlocking new cell phones to become illegal on SaturdayTotal Replies: 3
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Jan 27, 2013
12:23 PM EDT
One more reason why I'll never have a "monthly bite" cell phone or e-reader and why I use Linux. Usta be when you bought something, you owned it outright. Not any more. Now, the dirtbags want to own their product in perpetuity. Too bad you can't eat a cell phone app. I'd love to return a steaming pile of app for a refund.

Jan 27, 2013
4:16 PM EDT
@notbob --


Technically speaking, I'm not sure that it's really illegal to unlock cell phones. The exception to DMCA has been eliminated, but no court case has ever determined that an exception was needed.

The problem, of course, is that mere mortals can't afford to be the guinea pigs for this proposition.

Jan 28, 2013
11:22 AM EDT
I have one simple word for this: unenforceable.

Jan 28, 2013
12:02 PM EDT
@caitlyn, sadly, it is enforceable.

For the most part, I believe that people buy unlock codes from unlocking-services. Those guys are natural targets.

I would bet the carriers don't care about getting onesies and twosies so much as locking up the bulk of the phones.

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