If you do buy a new phone and want to unlock it before the deadline, you must first ask your carrier if the company will unlock your phone for you. The DMCA only permits you to unlock your phone yourself once you've asked your carrier first.
<expletive deleted> is this?
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If you're opposed to this, here's a couple petitions you can sign on the White House website, the first one specifically unlocking related and the second one addressing the CAUSE of the problem - the broken DMCA and the clueless Librarian of Congress:
I think the real issue is the fact your phones don't come unlocked anyway. Its your phone, you purchased it. Even counting in the signing a contract for a subsidy, you own the phone. There isn't a lein against your phone nor does the contract specifically reference your phone. So, they sell you something, yet they lock it down.
All while using airwaves that are a public resource.
A true public resource wouldn't have an annual fee. You can't even fish in most states legally without a license.
If I'm annoyed and you're annoyed, does that make us a paranoid ??
Sarcasm is a fine art...
"Don't believe everything you think"
It's not a matter of if you win or lose, it's how you assign the blame
This law is a load of bull.
I'll just get someone overseas to unlock it
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The future is in doing away with subsidies, locking, and contracts altogether, like where T-Mobile is heading.
Man arrested for unlocking his cell phone! Faces multiple fines and possible jailtime!
Yeah not gonna happen.
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I think this only means that cell phone companies won't offer unlocking of devices any longer. I don't think that unlocking services will be going anywhere.
I suppose some will unlock their phone after this date but I'm curious - does anyone know if this goes into effect tonight or midnight last night? btw, I did ask my carrier - Verizon - to unlock my phone. That wasn't a pleasant conversation.
Thank you @howard and @wlo8 for helping get the word out!
The petition is 12% of the way to its goal after two days. It should take no more than a week.
While I'm sure unlock codes will still be easily available from international sellers on eBay etc, the question is whether eBay will crack down.
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what is this new feature, and how can I manipulate it in order to make myself seem superior to those around me?