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Old 02/04/2013, 01:21 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I posted this in Android Central where the full article is located, but haven't gotten a response yet, so I thought I'd post it here as well...

Do I have this correct: If the phone is purchased unsubsidized (off contract) this law doesn't apply to me?
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Old 02/15/2013, 11:44 AM   #22 (permalink)
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From what I read, it is still legal to unlock your phone "with the permission of the carrier" - AT&T should still sell you an unlock code. I bought my phone right out, (Lumia 820) and I'm hoping that after the 6 month exclusivity, they should sell me the code. (I'm planning on taking it with me to Australia)
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Old 02/15/2013, 11:58 AM   #23 (permalink)
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From what I read, it is still legal to unlock your phone "with the permission of the carrier" - AT&T should still sell you an unlock code. I bought my phone right out, (Lumia 820) and I'm hoping that after the 6 month exclusivity, they should sell me the code. (I'm planning on taking it with me to Australia)
Save that bill of sale... AT&T will ask for a copy. That makes it almost automatic that you will get the unlock code, especially if you cite foreign travel as the need.
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Old 02/15/2013, 12:02 PM   #24 (permalink)
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This really ticks me off.
I think I'll smoke some legal pot to mellow out.
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Old 02/15/2013, 12:10 PM   #25 (permalink)
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This really ticks me off.
I think I'll smoke some legal pot to mellow out.
We need some kinda Super Moderator to look at that post...
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Old 02/15/2013, 03:10 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Sounds like another example of how corporations control our government.

It is still legal to buy unlocked phones and carries can unlock phones, a user just can't unlocked their locked phone. I think this was done to prevent people from moving over to the significantly cheaper prepaid plans.
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Old 03/04/2013, 12:25 PM   #27 (permalink)
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White House says 'it's time to legalize cell phone unlocking' in official petition response | The Verge

The White House agrees with the 114,000 people that signed the petition (against cellphone unlocking being illegal).
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