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Here is the petition - https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/...

With the new law made few months back - you cannot unlock your phones even if you are ready to pay the penalty to your provider. You cannot unlock your phones even after your contract has expired.

Unlocking the phone is not the same as rooting it.

In most countries GSM phones are sold separately in phone stores and not by Telcos. You buy a phone & you then chose your provider. You get into a contract with the telco provider (this can be prepaid or postpaid) but you can stop it at any time and move to a different provider with 0 penalty.

In the USA, Telcos sell you phone at subsidized rates, but hike up the monthly rates to cover it. They charge you a penalty if you don't stick with them for the term of the contract. But even if you still with them for the duration of the contract, you still cannot use the phone with a different network because they sold you the phone locked.

Unlocking a phone to use with a different provider is not difficult, but it was made illegal in 2012, Please sign the petition to make it legal again. Only 7000 more signatures are needed.

Once you have paid for the phone, it's your phone. You should be able to do whatever you want with this. This is yet another law paid for by the lobbyists.

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  •  Thanks for posting (4+ / 0-)
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    blue91, cocinero, weck, rja

    Signed.

  •  signed, thanks n/t (3+ / 0-)
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    cocinero, weck, rja
  •  Signed it a (1+ / 0-)
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    few days ago. Maybe this will get the cell providers to look at T-Mobile's approach. They will be offering the iPhone with higher up front cost but less expensive monthly costs. And the phone will be unlocked so if you are unhappy with T-Mobile, you can leave. I personally don't use them and I'm content with my service. My iPhone5 is jail broken thanks to evasi0n.

    If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.

    by plato 451 on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 01:32:48 AM PST

  •  Principle Hear Goes Far Beyond Phones (1+ / 0-)
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    The principle here goes far beyond phones. The corporate oligarchy are trying at all levels of technology and entertainment digital media and computing to create an environment where you basically no longer own the device or program you have bought from them. Instead, it is treated as something still fully owned by the creating corporation, and they demand all control over its future use, reuse, resale, or repurposing.

    Following is some rumination on this theme.

    Although I have been a software developer and IT director for nearly 30 years, and have a Microsoft Developers License subscription for access to development software, basic server software, and all their OS versions, after looking first at Windows 8, then reading how Office 2013 come licensed only for one install the first time on one computer, because M$ wants to force people to subscribe to their cloud based Office 365 version, I have made the decision to stop my use of Microsoft products with Windows 7. I already use one server running Fedora 16 LINUX, and frankly, I am ready to start developing workstations for my home use using that, or some other appropriate variant of LINUX. At this point, I am ready to try and live without the corporate monster that Microsoft has become. In fact, I plan to sell the stock I own within the next year, because I think that ultimately their moves are going to hurt them badly in the marketplace.

    The fact I am now retired and just doing one ongoing part time consult makes this easier for me, of course. But society and industry need to reevaluate the negative trend in ownership definitions that is occurring in cell phones and computing. It is NOT a good trend.

    "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.” --Yogi Berra

    by HeartlandLiberal on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 03:51:09 AM PST

    •  Principle Here. Jeeze. I Love Homonyms. (1+ / 0-)
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      See subject lines of original post and this one.

      At least I did not type 'principal' in the text. Did I? Better check.

      "You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." “When you come to the fork in the road, take it.” --Yogi Berra

      by HeartlandLiberal on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 03:52:23 AM PST

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  •  Feb 23 goal met - now at 102,200 sigs n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "And if you come down with a case of Romnesia, and you can’t seem to remember the policies that are still on your website, ..., here’s the good news: Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions." -- President Obama, 10/19/2012, George Mason University

    by rja on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 09:09:26 AM PST

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