Petition to make unlocking legal again

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  1. 6mtg37s, Jan 27, 2013
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    macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2010
    As of yesterday the government decided to ban unlocking of phones, even after your contract is done. This is not right and the government should not be the one telling us how to use our phones.
  2. macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    They haven't banned unlocking of phones, you just have to get permission from the provider to do so...
  3. gnasher729, Jan 27, 2013
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    macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    Not at all. There should be no need to have to unlock your phone yourself - note that what is illegal is the circumvention of DRM, which obviously happens through the use of some software that the user cannot understand and must have obtained illegally, which makes the whole business totally unsafe.

    Instead you should ask that anyone selling locked phones must unlock them for you if you ask for it.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2010
    From what BBC news said, they made it illegal in any case, I'll do some more research on it. In any case, it's good to get our voice out there!
  5. macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Also good to educate yourself about specifically legislation does, glad you're taking the time to do so.
  6. thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2010
    This law bans all the eBay stores from unlocking our iPhones right?
  7. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Which is basically banning it as carriers don't allow it because it hurts their bottom line.
  8. macrumors 68020

    Apr 12, 2011
    Don't know why all the fuss. You pay full price, it's unlocked. You get it subsidized, it is locked, until contract is fulfilled. Seems fair to me.
  9. thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2010
    The problem I have with this is that I'm not going to leave AT&T anytime soon, but I do travel to Europe a lot and it would be great to have my new iPhone unlocked without waiting for 2 years!
  10. macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2012
    NY, NY
    Aren't older phones grandfathered in? Does this only count phones that are purchased after January 26th?
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2010
    These petitions are a joke. There are so many unanswered ones past the required amount - the administration only replies when it's politically convenient to do so.
  12. macrumors 68020

    Apr 12, 2011
    They don't know that. If you have someone pay for the bulk of your phone, you follow their rules. I hope the carriers just eliminate subsidies and make people pay full price. If one cant afford to pay full price for a phone, then perhaps they should get a cheaper phone.
  13. macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2011
    If someone actually believes that these petitions would change legislation than they are very stupid.
  14. thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2010
    If subsidies are eliminated and we have to pay full price for our unlocked phones, why stay with AT&T? Other services are way cheaper and use the same gsm network.. Redpocket for example
  15. macrumors 68020

    Apr 12, 2011
    If you want subsidized phones, then accept locked phones. It's fair.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2012
    eBay isn't a fan of services being sold as opposed to physical goods anyways. Unlock_fusion still offers unlocks through their swift unlocks website.
  17. thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2010
    Yea they do, but doesn't this law make what they are doing illegal?
  18. macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    It would seem that it does--and I think that they are counting on this law not being enforced. I have a feeling that if it is enforced though, that those offering the service online would be the low hanging fruit.
  19. macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire
    New phones under contract.


    Contact AT&T and see what they can do for you after you explain your situation.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Personal Unlocking by Jailbreaking your iPhone is strikely illegal and will always remain illegal. Unlocking via your carrier is not. U.S carriers allow the ability to unlock your iPhone at their store and by representative.
  21. macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2012
  22. thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2010
    Thanks for you remarkable input in this thread, I'll move out of my country because I like unlocked phones.. Useless
  23. macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    You know Apple sells unlocked phones.
  24. macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2007
    New York City & South Florida
    I suppose you want torrenting copyrighted TV shows to be legal, too.
  25. macrumors 65816

    Rajani Isa

    Jun 8, 2010
    No, new phones (any purchased after Jan. 26, 2013) - contract or not.


    I could unlock my phone via Jailbreak - and it would be legal. And I'm even under contract.

    Note that for the past 3-6 or so, it has been legal for ALL smartphones - this is due to the exception written into the DMCA - and it was because (in large part) of AT&T and the iPhone being locked.

    The exception was allowed to expire, and a new one to grandfather in old phones under it added - with the "notice period" ending this past Friday.

    So saying it was/is/always will be illegal is simply wrong.
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