Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Apr 2011 22:10 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Wait, is this for real? The company that striketh console jailbreakers with smite and other things that sound Biblical now actually launches a site specifically for unlocking its Android phones? Yes, Sony Ericsson just launched a website where owners of the company's latest Android phones can go to to unlock their devices. It's unreal - but a very welcome move, and hopefully a sign of things to come for other companies.
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RE: What's the plural of "Sony"?
by foregam on Thu 14th Apr 2011 14:18 UTC in reply to "What's the plural of "Sony"?"
foregam
Member since:
2010-11-17

Indeed. Besides, jailbreaking an iPhone is legal, so why not try to attract some positive press? If you also consider Sony's shrinking market share[1], this is a logical move. Geeks would love it and might just as well forget that GeoHot business.

[1] http://bit.ly/futm6h

Edited 2011-04-14 14:25 UTC

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Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

"Indeed. Besides, jailbreaking an iPhone is legal, so why not try to attract some positive press?"

Isn't the legal status of jailbreaking any phone the same?

I don't think laws generally say anything about making jailbreaking illegal. Not that this actually matters; Corporate resources make for an impossibly unfair fight. The legal victims can either settle or sacrifice a decade of their lives defending from corporate harassment.


At most, manufacturers can forbid jailbreaking through their terms of service such that owners can lose their rights to support, warranty, and even be banned from app stores (Not that any app stores would be stupid enough to enforce it).


By giving users explicit root access to their own phones, it's no longer appropriate to call it "jailbreaking", as the user is free to modify the code from the get go.

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

In the US, the DMCA originally made it illegal to jailbreak a cell phone, as you had to "bypass a technological lock" in order to do so.

Last year (or maybe late 2009), an exception was added to the DMCA making it legal to jailbreak a cell phone.

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foregam Member since:
2010-11-17

By giving users explicit root access to their own phones, it's no longer appropriate to call it "jailbreaking", as the user is free to modify the code from the get go. [Emphasis added]

That's the point, isn't it? If you jailbreak an iPhone, it's you against evil Apple, which tries to stop you from tinkering with their mega-secret-full-of-IP-and-trade-secrets device that you think you own. Now s/Apple/Sony/. Doesn't sound very pleasing, does it? If, however, Sony gives you the tools to root your Android phone, it's "those good guys from Sony" that let you "modify the code from the get go" as you say.

Edited 2011-04-14 20:08 UTC

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