Isn't it illegal to unlock iPhones??

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Shuttermom, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. Shuttermom macrumors newbie

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    Here's the story. I'm selling my iPhone locked to Rogers. Some dude is asking if my phone will work on fido's network. I called Fido and the guy says if you unlock the phone it can be used with any carrier that uses SIM cards. For a fee they (fido) would unlock my iPhone. He says that is legal. My question is: Is it really legal?
     
  2. Surely Guest

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    It is not illegal.

    It may be against Apple policy, but they ain't the police.
     
  3. Shuttermom thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Unlocking the phone is not
    the same as jailbreaking it right?
    Do you need to jailbreak to unlock? How
    do these guys unlock the phone?
     
  4. Surely Guest

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    You can jailbreak without unlocking, but you can't unlock without jailbreaking.

    Still not illegal.

    This should help answer your questions: http://www.hackthatphone.com/
     
  5. Nam Pla macrumors member

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    I have an unlocked 3G. But it's not jailbroken. Or if it is, I don't know it! I've registered it, upgraded to 3.0, and downloaded free apps all within iTunes, with no problems. If it was indeed jailbroken and I didn't know it, how could I tell?
     
  6. wackymacky macrumors 68000

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    How can it be illegal?

    I breaches your user agreement with Apple (as you are modifing the phones software. But not a crime.



    If your phone is still under a fixed term carrier, depending on the wording of the contract it may breach your contract with your tel-co.
     
  7. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    In some countries, like Italy and Hong Kong, you can buy "factory unlocked" iPhones. Those are officially unlocked by Apple -- hence "factory unlocked," and they are not jailbroken. However, if you buy a phone that is locked to a carrier (like AT&T in the US and O2 in UK), and want to unlock it, then you need to jailbreak first in order to unlock.
     
  8. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

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    Yes congress passed the law and Obama signed it.

    Apple has one hell of lobbying team in D.C.


    :rolleyes:
     
  9. Nam Pla macrumors member

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    That must be the case with my phone then. The retailer I bought from is the official iPhone seller here in Thailand, and I could have bought the phone along with their one or two year monthly contract. But they offered it to me unlocked (they unlocked it right there when I bought it) to use with my present sim card. I also have a one year warranty with them.

    Thx for that info. :)
     
  10. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Here it's illegal NOT to unlock it and Apple sell them unlocked through the Apple Store.
     

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