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    Thumbs down Unlocking Smartphones Illegal After 1/25/13

    I wonder what you have to say to get permission from your carrier to unlock your phone??? What happens if you get caught?

    Unlocking new smartphone becomes harder Saturday - CNN.com
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    Who knows, corporations rule politics now ,
    Corporations control it for there own profits

    Kim Dotcom -Mr president
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    I'm glad this has nothing to do with the bootloader.

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    You do know this only applies to GSM phones not CDMA phones. Also, it applies to phones that are bought on from with subsidies. If you buy a phone for full price then this does not apply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by android4life007 View Post
    I wonder what you have to say to get permission from your carrier to unlock your phone??? What happens if you get caught?

    Unlocking new smartphone becomes harder Saturday - CNN.com
    For personal use, you could be fined up to $2500.for a profit, you could be fined up to $500000 and may get jail time.

    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/n...s-illegal-dcma

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    Also anyone who bought there phone before Jan 26 is exempt
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    Like this is going to stop anyone who has any lick of tech prowess... Haha

    Torrents, pot, and the speed limit are similar examples of why this doesn't bother me one bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zonggoo View Post
    Like this is going to stop anyone who has any lick of tech prowess... Haha

    Torrents, pot, and the speed limit are similar examples of why this doesn't bother me one bit.
    Don't forget gun control. Not a gun person, wish they were all banned. Restrictions only cause problems for those that follow the rules.
    Curious question......How bout Verizon LTE phones like the rezound with GSM capabilities? Any newer phones capable of being used on GSM that are originally CDMA?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 318sugarhill View Post
    Any newer phones capable of being used on GSM that are originally CDMA?
    The DNA is sim-unlocked. The GS3 became sim-unlockable with the Jelly Bean update.

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    But vzw choked big time on their gs3 by promising global capabilities, finally making the gs3 a world phone months late, but keeping the APN insert locked.

    Just terrible
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    Be happy they gave you the global update... The Rezound still does not have it.
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    I guess if I made decisions on vzw's behalf I'd make the best selling phone a "global" phone with locked apn as well.

    Might as well force all those subscribers to fork out 25 big ones per 100 mb right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Major Payne View Post
    Be happy they gave you the global update... The Rezound still does not have it.
    While not officially pushed out by vzw the global RUU was released long ago. I'm still using it.
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    Whatever the corporate games may be, Rezound was first advertised as having global capabilities. I bet quite a few of us bought it, at least in part, because of that. Has anybody ever tried to complain to VZW and claim false advertising?

    Are any of the current VZW phones advertised as "global", are truly global? Or are they limited strictly to VZW own global services?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon_y7 View Post
    Whatever the corporate games may be, Rezound was first advertised as having global capabilities. I bet quite a few of us bought it, at least in part, because of that. Has anybody ever tried to complain to VZW and claim false advertising?

    Are any of the current VZW phones advertised as "global", are truly global? Or they're limited strictly to VZW own global services?
    VZW's iPhone 5 is sim-unlocked right out of the box; so, I would consider that to be about as global as a VZW phone will get. I understand the DNA is also sim-unlocked.

    I tried finding an article that quoted some VZW executive -- he stated publicly that the Rez would be a global phone. I have not had any luck finding that article again (I wish I had saved it). If I had that or something more damning, I would have already complained.

    btw, those of us who have been using the global RUU all this time can confirm that there is no technical reason for not releasing the update. The phone runs fine.
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    I saw a pre-sales list of options ( a picture of the HTC or VZW flyer), but I didn't think to save it either.
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    I complained to Verizon they basically told me to contact HTC
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    Verizon's definition of global phone is too vague to make arguments against. Too bad
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    My girls inc4g is advertised as having world phone capabilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon_y7 View Post
    Whatever the corporate games may be, Rezound was first advertised as having global capabilities. I bet quite a few of us bought it, at least in part, because of that. Has anybody ever tried to complain to VZW and claim false advertising?

    Are any of the current VZW phones advertised as "global", are truly global? Or are they limited strictly to VZW own global services?
    I don't think Verizon has released a sim locked lte phone in some time. If it has gsm capability, it most likely isn't sim locked. What Verizon is doing though is locking the apn, so you can get voice and text, but no data, at least not without root and modifying the apn manually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpham00 View Post
    at least not without root and modifying the apn manually.
    Is this legal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by androidluvr2 View Post
    Is this legal?
    That would be up to the courts to decide. But that is the case for a number of phones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpham00 View Post
    That would be up to the courts to decide.
    well, sure. Anyhow, I googled it, it is section C if you want to read it:

    http://www.copyright.gov/fedreg/2012/77fr65260.pdf

    I don't like it, but in the case of a subsidized phone purchase, I can see why it is fair at least until the subsidy is recouped by the end of the contract. If the phone purchase was not subsidized or the contract has run out, it is unfair.
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    Yep, I was pleased when I got the White House email. At least someone is sticking up for the consumer a little bit -- these wireless carriers think they own us.
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