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By Tharamis, Junior Member on 26th July 2010, 04:11 PM
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http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...ryId=128772296

"Another exemption will allow owners of used cell phones to break access controls on their phones in order to switch wireless carriers."
 
 
26th July 2010, 04:29 PM |#2  
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Apple's restrictive obsession finally bit them in the a$$...
26th July 2010, 04:56 PM |#3  
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This is fine and dandy indeed, but do you really think the wireless service providers aren't going to throw heaps of lobbyist money to thwart this effort?
26th July 2010, 04:57 PM |#4  
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All phones in the USA should come sim unlocked prior to buying the phone. Carriers should worry and concentrate on their data supplied and packages.
Not worry about "locking" down cells lure buyers to their company because they sim locked the phone to their network.

USA needs too learn a few more things from Europe.
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Yes but what about the case of Verizon phones where they don't use SIM cards? would they be required to switch to an "unlockable" phone setup? I'm thinking no, in which case what you may see in the case of other carriers is that their special phones (like iphone) are going to be locked down in the same manner as Verizon, i.e. SIM cardless
26th July 2010, 04:59 PM |#6  
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Originally Posted by monty_boy

This is fine and dandy indeed, but do you really think the wireless service providers aren't going to throw heaps of lobbyist money to thwart this effort?

It's apparently a done deal.

The DOJ has also launched a probe into the legality of the Apple/ATT deal... Something like 90% of their cases always win. So in other words, when the DOJ launches an investigation against you, you're screwed (they basically have the case built, just not officially).

Like I said earlier, Apple shot themselves in the foot with this one.
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the problem si that there still lowed to put these restrictions on in the first place. there should be an option in a menu somewhere that says hey do you want to only user the appstore or would you like to be able to sideload apps. from those ive spoken to over 90% of people don't understand what a root or jailbreak is.
26th July 2010, 05:03 PM |#8  
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Originally Posted by Hepæstus

Yes but what about the case of Verizon phones where they don't use SIM cards? would they be required to switch to an "unlockable" phone setup? I'm thinking no, in which case what you may see in the case of other carriers is that their special phones (like iphone) are going to be locked down in the same manner as Verizon, i.e. SIM cardless

Verizon and have been switching their phones over to sim compatible
26th July 2010, 05:04 PM |#9  
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is there a reason why the MOST IMPORTANT site isnt linked...

https://www.eff.org/press/archives/2010/07/26

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26th July 2010, 05:42 PM |#10  
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But... Warranty? will be void still? I don't see nothing about this.
26th July 2010, 05:52 PM |#11  
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Ummm... Maybe the NPR article took this out of context.

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On EFF's request, the Librarian of Congress renewed a 2006 rule exempting cell phone unlocking so handsets can be used with other telecommunications carriers. Cell phone unlockers have been successfully sued under the DMCA, even though there is no copyright infringement involved in the unlocking. Digital locks on cell phones make it harder to resell, reuse, or recycle the handset, prompting EFF to ask for renewal of this rule on behalf of our clients, The Wireless Alliance, ReCellular and Flipswap. However, the 2009 rule has been modified so that it only applies to used mobile phones, not new ones.

This seems to mean that the carrier can still lock them, they just can't refuse to unlock them after purchase (IE, after becoming "used").

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But... Warranty? will be void still? I don't see nothing about this.

This is all about copyright... In other words, you bought the device you can do what the hell you want with it and Apple can't sue you.
This doesn't mean the App Store is going away or anything else, it basically just establishes into law that Apple can't hold someone at fault for using a device the way they want to use it.

If you do things to the device that aren't supported, you're still SOL. If you pour anti-freeze into your oil of your vehicle, for instance, Toyota or whomever isn't going to support it if you don't follow their manual.
So yes, they still have every right to void your warranty. However as usual, flashing back to stock firmware will net you warranty terms again obviously.

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