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Will The Feds Unlock And Unbrick Your iPhone?

Will The Feds Unlock And Unbrick Your iPhone?

The iPhone isn't cheap, and it's really not cheap when you factor in the two year ATT Wireless contract that is a non-negotiable  part of your purchase.  That could change. The US House of Representatives is holding a hearing today regarding legislation that would require carriers to allow you to bring your device to their plans without penalty.

The bill would require wireless carriers to offer consumers the ability to purchase subsidy-free wireless equipment without a long-term service plan at a price no higher than comparable plans offered with subsidized equipment. The bill would also require carriers to prorate early termination fees to ensure that the carrier recovers the cost of the subsidy, but no more. The bill said legislation is necessary “as wireless service is increasingly used and relied upon by residential and business consumers.”

Most carriers either give you or subsidize the cost of handsets to get you to sign up for their service. Apple is charging you for the handset plus getting a cut from ATT for the service for it. If the legislation passes, Apple might be enjoined from Thinking Different.
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It takes 5 minutes to unlock, and all of the wireless carriers in my area have no problem with me using one. I believe if someone is savvy enough to want an iphone for the features (outside of the 'glamour' factor) then they are savvy enough to unlock the phone themself.

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1nteljunki3:
It takes 5 minutes to unlock, and all of the wireless carriers in my area have no problem with me using one. I believe if someone is savvy enough to want an iphone for the features (outside of the 'glamour' factor) then they are savvy enough to unlock the phone themself.
 

I wouldn't be surprised if that would break some law or something, after all the Iphone is just for ATT. 

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mentaldisorder:
I wouldn't be surprised if that would break some law or something

Wouldn't surprise me either.

 

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It's probably breaking your contract from when you got the phone, if it were against the law it'd be smeared all over the net.  Soon as another country comes out with the Iphoney knock off which never takes long it's moot any way. 

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lol @

methious:
Iphoney

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