When will all phones have to be legally unlocked?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by yelnref, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. yelnref macrumors member

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    Wasn't there some kind of law passed in the US that stated all phones would have to be unlocked upon request? Early next year maybe? Or did I imagine this?

    Can anyone illuminate me? Thx.
     
  2. Menel macrumors 603

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    Don't finance your phone, and it won't need to be locked.
     
  3. RyanG macrumors 6502

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  4. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    You imagined this. There was never such a law in the US.

    You're confusing it with the law that made third party unlocking legal again (the one that practically did nothing because people used third party unlocks without punishment when it was "illegal" anyway).
     
  5. yelnref thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, I know that. But as to answering my question, do you know?
     
  6. yelnref thread starter macrumors member

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    Ah, thx. Maybe that was it. Appreciate it.

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    Thank you.
     
  7. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Maybe you're also thinking about the unlock agreement with the FCC?

    Rather than face regulation the major cell carriers agreed to provide unlocked devices starting January, 2015. That is, if the phone is made after that date it will come unlocked. This obviously excludes the iPhone 6/6+ and before.

    Again, this is an agreement, not a law.

    http://arstechnica.com/business/201...ock-customers-phones-after-pressure-from-fcc/
     
  8. Sherifftruman macrumors 6502

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    I would love to just pay outright for my phone, but since the real carriers do not give you a discount for bringing your own device, its like throwing money away to not take the subsidy. Even if ATT did suddenly start sane monthly pricing, I have grandfathered unlimited data and I am sure they will not let me keep it.
     
  9. lke macrumors 6502a

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    I order a tmobile iphone 6. On Friday I can tell you if it is unlocked
     
  10. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

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    Yea, I heard about that. That's messed up right?
     
  11. Menel macrumors 603

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    Define sane?
     
  12. RyanG macrumors 6502

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    It's like my entire life was a lie.
     
  13. Sherifftruman macrumors 6502

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    Sane meaning you don't pay the same price each month regardless if they give you a subsidized phone or bring your own fully paid for.
     
  14. Menel macrumors 603

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    Oh, is that all? Lots of options then.

    ATT ValueShare
    ATT GoPhone
    ATT Cricket

    More if you switch carriers to StraightTalk or TMobile.
     
  15. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    There also a bunch of AT&T MVNO's aside from StraightTalk (assuming AT&T locked phone). So far, absolute cheapest plan I've seen if you're always on wifi and don't do a lot of calls and texts is $40 for one year of service (H2O Pay As You Go $10). :)

    As far as service pricing, I like Ting's (Sprint MVNO) approach.
     
  16. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    That's the entire basis of their current plans. They just don;t retroactively give you a better deal on their own plans. The discount in the current plan is calculated into the plan price (because you aren;t paying monthly for next). It's simply broken down differently, that's all.
     
  17. 617aircav Suspended

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    For me. Unlocked iPhone 6+ $850, $55 no tax cricket plan with 5gb.
     
  18. Menel macrumors 603

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    10gb, your plan should haven been updated this past saturday.

    Im on the $35 1gb plan myself.
     
  19. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    Where have you been. They give me a nice discount for having my own phone.

    4 phones, 10gb data, tethering - TOTAL bill is $160 for 4 phones (plus tax of course)
     
  20. Sherifftruman macrumors 6502

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    Unlimited data and the old $10 for 1000 text plan keep me where I am. All but one person I text with is on iMessage so $20 plan is a waste. So I haven't had a reason to even look at the new plans.
     

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