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DCMA is also a basis for the lawsuit , not just the Sherman Act


Oct 22, 2012, 1:24 PM
The DMCA has a provision that allows handset owners to modify their devices for use on other networks. Read the article and/or the source material.
T Bone

Oct 22, 2012, 1:51 PM
Except that when you buy carrier equipment which is locked to a network and sign a contract, you are voluntarily giving up that right.

Look...there are unlocked phones all over the place...people don't want them because unlocked phones are not necessarily configured to work with their carrier of choice. And even if they do work, some features might be incompatible.

The single best reason to get a locked, carrier phone is that you know everything on it is compatible with your carrier. When I worked for at&t, I occasionally dealt with people who used unlocked T-Mobile phones or a Blackberry Storm (which had both GSM and CDMA radios and could be unlocked and used on at&t) and they complained that certain features didn't work. and w...

Oct 22, 2012, 2:30 PM
I might be wrong, but cant you just download the app in question for most IOS & Android devices? I have downloaded apps for features I wanted on my devices so far. Granted, I dont use a lot of carrier features.

Oct 22, 2012, 2:34 PM
Not to forget the people who are going through with this lawsuit probably bought an iPhone 5 with new contract, decided they didn't want to pay for their service, and tried to go to T-Mobile. They just ripped AT&T off about $400. Granted AT&T needs to make it known more. I work for an MVNO of T-Mobile and I get a lot of people confused as to why their iPhone is asking for a SIM unlock code or why it says No Service all the time. I honestly hope this lawsuit does not go through.

Oct 22, 2012, 3:02 PM
I think they're suing Apple instead of AT&T because they did sign away the right in the contract to AT&T, but didn't to Apple. Makes sense in a twisted sort of way, though it's still rather stupid.

Oct 22, 2012, 4:04 PM
It'd be funny if the judge said "You're attempting to sue the wrong company here.."

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