"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
"In the US almost all phones are subsidized, hence you are paying for the phone over your contract... it is especially relevant for the expensive iPhones.... unless you actually believe that the nice shinny iPhone 5 actually only costs 200 dollars..... if so, then I have a bridge in San Francisco I want to sell you."
I would be amazed if an Iphone costs more than $20 to manufacture in China.
I'm not buying into all the notion that you have no right to unlock your phone BS. You've paid for the phone and hence should be able to use it as you see fit. They may claim your contract subsidizes it, but you have to pay a penalty to get out of your contract and go with someone else. And when your contract us up and fully paid for, you should be allowed to use that smartphone wherever you want.
Here's a video about it. I agree with these smart women (and, of course, women are always the smartest anyway).
I think it's about choice. I don't believe that there is a significant number of people unlocking their phones just to switch to another carrier.. enough that it makes it justified that we should all suffer. I hear T-Mobile is getting rid of subsidized phone subscriptions in 2013. What if all the other carriers follow? and this law remains.. that means the carriers can impose more damaging results on the innocent. I don't like that nor the what if's.
If this illegal issue bothers you, and you want to have the option to be able to unlock a device you believe you paid for and own, then sign this official Petition and pass it along: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet...legal/1g9KhZG7
There's still time! 12 days left to get 100,000 minimum signatures.. At present, there is 60,000 sigs.. Please pass this petition link around to help make a difference!
New event in this issue...
Minnesota senator plans bill to make cellphone unlocking legal again
Just one day after the White House got behind efforts to make unlocking cellphones legal again, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D — MN) vowed to introduce a bill this week that will “get rid of the ban on unlocking cell phones.” Both Klobuchar and the White House were responding directly to an online petition that urged the government to reverse a decision made by the Librarian of Congress last fall to deny consumers the right to unlock their phones and bring them to different carriers. In announcing her new legislation, Klobuchar said that “consumers should be free to choose the phone and service that best fits their needs and their budgets” and that “we need to make sure consumers are getting a fair deal and today’s announcement is a welcome step towards implementing consumer-friendly policies in the wireless industry.”