Library of Congress Updates Jailbreaking and Unlocking Rules
The U.S. Library of Congress has revised the rules that apply to unlocking cellular phones as well as "jailbreaking" devices such as the Apple iPhone. Officially, the rules are exceptions made by the Library of Congress that pertain to certain portions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Moving forward, it will be legal to jailbreak smartphones, but illegal to jailbreak tablets. It will be legal to unlock cell phones between now and January 2013, but illegal to unlock phones thereafter without first acquiring the permission of the wireless network operator. The Library of Congress explained that it believes there are enough unlocked handsets available in the market at this time, and U.S. carriers have become more lenient about unlocking consumer devices upon request. The new rules go into effect October 28 and are applicable for the next three years.
.....and they think anyone is actually going to care or listen to them on that?
Yea.... Wow.. this is getting crazy.
what i dont get (besides the reason i cant do what i want with my phone i bought) is why is it illegal to jailbreak a tablet and not a phone?
Freedom of Choice.....
If something like a Mobile-Communication device can not be "un-locked" to give customers that freedom, we have a serious oversight issue at hand by corporations that are simply greedy.
A prision cell one does not unlock, but a cell-phone...come on!!!!
No one get hurt except the carriers greedy pockets which already are more than filled.
If you want a subsidised device, you are going to get a locked device.
Apple sells unlocked iPhones, just not for $199.99
I don't get it.
2. Why should unlocking a phone be illegal?
If you paid full retail, it was probably unlocked when you purchased it if requested.
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Talk about double speak. So there are enough carriers willing to unlock handsets that the response is to make the unlocking of handsets illegal? That is patently ridiculous and no one will abide by an unenforceable law in any case. No one is fooled. A nice FAT check was written to these dimwits. Fail. Try again.
A few companies are following the rule sooo let's not enforce it at all
Most tablets are bought OUTRIGHT - NO CONTRACT - But it will not be up to you , the owner , what you do with it. ( at least legally )
Apply this logic to a new car you purchase or a new computer.
Do people think anymore?
F*ck da police
Differentiation between Phone and Tablet
You know why? Because web browsers such as Dolphin, and the stock browser render webpages in such a way that they look no different on a smartphone than on a pc.