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Representatives Propose Fix to Device Unlocking Laws

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It won't change anything....

T Bone

May 9, 2013, 8:25 PM
The reason phones don't get unlocked is not because it is illegal, phones don't don't get unlocked because carriers won't give out the unlock code.....and no law can make them give that code up as long as they put it in the terms and conditions that they don't have to hand it over..

Just because it's legal doesn't mean carriers have to assist you with it.....or that manufacturers have to make it easy for you....

May 10, 2013, 9:59 AM
Um, I'm pretty sure a law could make them give up the unlock codes, if that requirement was written into the law. Laws trump Terms and Conditions any day of the week.

May 10, 2013, 11:03 AM
The 1 thing I predict it won't change is that if you are behind on your bill or owe the carrier money they will not give that code still and with good reason then.
T Bone

May 10, 2013, 12:07 PM
I don't even know what to say except that you have committed a reading comprehension fail...

There is nothing in THIS LAW which says that carriers are forbidden from locking phones..this bill does not outlaw carriers locking phones, and does not demand that all phones be immediately unlocked.

Sure, if they wanted to they could outlaw locking phones, they could even pass a law forbidden mobile carriers from charging for their service and requiring that mobile service be free, they could also pass a law saying that all mobile carriers in the country and going to be nationalized and owned by the state. They could hypothetically do whatever the hell they want.

However, they are NOT GOING TO do any of those things.

This bill is u...

May 10, 2013, 5:52 PM
Actually this bill would be great. This would allow you to unlock your device without the carriers help. You can get a factory unlock.

May 12, 2013, 9:21 AM
From my understanding, you can still get the phone unlocked through the carrier. Currently the way it is set up is that it's illegal to modify the phone and unlock it yourself without the carriers permission.

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