Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Mar 2013 19:28 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "The White House agrees with the 114.000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties. In fact, we believe the same principle should also apply to tablets, which are increasingly similar to smart phones. And if you have paid for your mobile device, and aren't bound by a service agreement or other obligation, you should be able to use it on another network. It's common sense, crucial for protecting consumer choice, and important for ensuring we continue to have the vibrant, competitive wireless market that delivers innovative products and solid service to meet consumers' needs."
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RE[2]: Unlocking Phones
by unclefester on Tue 5th Mar 2013 07:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Unlocking Phones"
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Sorry Robleams and Alfman but in this case you are both completely wrong.

Never assume the law has anything to do with commonsense or morality.

You may think that you are buying a phone with a bundle of "free" calls and data. The legal reality is completely different - you are actually purchasing a bundle of network services with a phone provided at no cost to access those services. You are required to pay for those services whether you use them or not.

Technically if a carrier allows you to unlock the phone they have mutually agreed that you have no obligation to pay the remainder of the service contract. This may seem absurd but it is how the law works.

In Australia it is perfectly legal to unlock a phone still on a contract. However, in this case, the carrier has not legally agreed to cancel the network access contract so you must continue to pay out your contract.

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