Originally Posted by scott14719
The phone isn't yours until the last payment has been made. Just like a house, if you have a mortgage and are making payments, the house isn't technically yours until after the last payment is made. That being said, there should be considerations made for people that pay the full price of the phone up front (not in payments). If you pay 100% for the phone, you should be able to unlock or modify it as you want.
Understood, and I made reference to that indirectly in the fact I feel ATT has a right much like a rent to own store. Basically like a mortgage or a rent to own item, you don't technically own until the last payment, however, depending on where you live you receive the actual deed to the house. In the case of rent to own you receive full rights to the item. Of course a rent to own item is much different than a mortgage.
Sticking with just the mortgage example I can do what I want with the home , usually so long as I don't decrease the value. Therefore I can renovate the home, add a pool, dig up and plant gardens. If I for instance start a renovation and don't finish it, then the value of the house is degraded and I violate the terms of the mortgage.
Likewise with a phone on the next plan, am I really degrading the value if I flash ROM "X." Probably not, in fact most likely the rom that is flashed onto the phone will have an updated version of android. If it is not an updated version it is just a "renovated" version that technically and most likely does not deprive the phone of its features or usefulness. Therefore no value is actually lost. Likewise if I try flashing a ROM and brick the device, the renovation failed and I have then rendered the device at a lower value and broken the implied terms of agreement.
I haven't read the terms and I am sure they probably say not to modify the phone, I don't read them because I know how to undo what I do. Or Ijust fix it and avoid warranty replacement or insurance. I'm just speaking what it should be, we can do as we please so long as it does not deplete the value of the phone, Brick.
I can only liken the idea that if I am unable to make modifications to a phone bought on a Next plan is like having a house with a mortgage and a homeowners agreement and or association. Even after the last payment you don't truly own the home because there are still rules that applty dictating how to use your property.
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