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Unlocking your Smart Phone is Illegal???

From: David White 
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Wow, I had no idea.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938

=============================================================== From: Aaron welch ------------------------------------------------------ This will directly affect my choice in wireless devices and carriers. -AW

=============================================================== From: William Wade ------------------------------------------------------ I finally (about 2 weeks ago) got around to rooting my wife's phone. Cleaning off the bloatware that was preinstalled doubled the battery life. (Not to mention gave it space again. Stupid apps keep getting bigger and bigger.)

=============================================================== From: Adam Jimerson ------------------------------------------------------ If bloatware didn't keep up with the times, then it would eventually stop being bloatware.

=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ I think it might be important to note that rooting is not the same as unlocking. I am not sure to be honest, if the Library of Congress knows how to make this distinction. Unlocking a phone means giving it the ability to work on other carriers (ATT phone on another GSM network, Spring phones on Verizon, etc.)

=============================================================== From: Aaron welch ------------------------------------------------------ I personally would rather pay full price for a phone and not have to deal with the "contract tax" every month. As much as I despise T-mobile, I think they give their customers alot more choices as to how they can "purchase" their phones. -AW

=============================================================== From: Eric Wolf ------------------------------------------------------ I just bought a used iPhone 4 on eBay that I intend to use with T-Mobile's new $30/mo BYOD plan (I don't talk much). I hope to get a Nexus 4 once Google gets it in stock again. I haven't had a phone contract in 7+ years. Either work pays for the phone and/or I have gone with no-contract phones. Until recently, most of the no-contract phones have royally sucked - like my current Samsung Transform Ultra. I look forward to supporting a market where I can actually own my phone and use whatever carrier I like... sort of like the rest of the world! -Eric -=--=---=----=----=---=--=-=--=---=----=---=--=-=- Eric B. Wolf 720-334-7734

=============================================================== From: Tim Youngblood ------------------------------------------------------ straighttalk.com has my business currently with a GNex.

=============================================================== From: Aaron welch ------------------------------------------------------ If any other GSM carrier supported international roaming as easily at AT&T I would be inclined to change. -AW

=============================================================== From: Tim Youngblood ------------------------------------------------------ I have AT&T through Straightalk.

=============================================================== From: Aaron welch ------------------------------------------------------ Can you roam out of the country? -AW

=============================================================== From: Tim Youngblood ------------------------------------------------------ Haven't tried. Google that.

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ This only affects phones that you buy directly from the carrier (with a discount on a contract) and then you try to unlock them to use them on a different carrier. It does not effect used phones, or phones you buy pre-unlocked from anywhere. *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: Tim Youngblood ------------------------------------------------------ Most folks I know that travel purchase a SIM card for their destination. These are folks going to EU. Not Borneo.

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=============================================================== From: Aaron Welch ------------------------------------------------------ This is definitely not the case. Try that with a Tracfone. We did and it d= id not work as expected to the detriment of a homeless 19yo girl. :-/ -AW

=============================================================== From: wes ------------------------------------------------------ hmmmm didn't think about tracfones. that may be the exception. -wes

=============================================================== From: Aaron Welch ------------------------------------------------------ Or prepaids in general. This whole BS with phone companies essentially tras= hing phones even after we own them is BS. -AW : t did not work as expected to the detriment of a homeless 19yo girl. :-/

=============================================================== From: DaWorm ------------------------------------------------------ Wish it were more like the rest of the world here. Pop a SIM card into any phone, and viola, your phone number and plan comes with it. The hardware is irrelevant. Jeff.

=============================================================== From: Tim Youngblood ------------------------------------------------------ We are getting there. I chose Tmobile initially as my SIM card when I first signed up for straightalk knowing that I may have to switch to AT&T. Well Tmobile didn't work so well for me at my house and I simply plopped down another $15 for a new AT&T service SIM and I'm much happier with the service all around. Tmobile had faster but spottier service data and voice-wise. That sort of choice made me very very satisfied.