Published on January 27th, 2013 | by Tim Schofield


Unlocking Your Cell Phone is Now Illegal

As of today: January 26th, 2013 unlocking your cell phone without carriers consent is illegal!
There is a lot of controversy involved in this. Watch the video below where I talk about law enforcement, and give my opinions on this. Be sure to let me know what you think!


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Tim Schofield

Tim Schofield is the owner of and the YouTube channel QbKing77. He has a love for all things tech and Android!

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8 Responses to Unlocking Your Cell Phone is Now Illegal

  1. BOO!!!! I agree with your opinion in the video. This is ridiculous and should not even have been made into any sort of issue with all the actual important issues that need to be addressed in todays life.

  2. I wanna know who lobbied for this. Which carrier?

  3. The USA is in fact a fascist oligarchy. The Supreme court in the Citizens United case makes corporate bribing of congress officially legal!

    Moreover, Supreme court now blocks all Class Action Lawsuits taken against Cell Phone Oligarchy Giants – even for outright fraud! [A move to protect them from, among other things, illegally charging customers for data transmission to spy and report back their internet surfing habits]

    To learn more about that case, Google: AT&T MOBILITY LLC v. CONCEPCION !

    Even the Supreme Court openly takes payoff’s; (refer to chief Supreme Ct justice fleeing to Monaco after Obamacare decision)! Don’t expect hope for American in the future!

  4. Adam Ball says:

    This doesn’t affect me at all considering I have never had to do it. I totally agree with you on that fact that it is our device we own it it is not like we are renting it from them so how do they have the right to tell us what we can and can’t do with our devices. I am signing this petition for all those people out there that do unlock there phones and I think everyone else should do that same.

  5. Kev says:

    It ain’t right! Next they’ll be telling us we can’t put certain cases on our phones. I signed.

  6. Malinda says:

    Thanks for the heads up Tim. I signed it. This is just another way for companies to get more money out of our pockets and into theirs.

  7. Th3Bill says:

    Total garbage law. I can understand if we were talking about starting a contract, getting an Optimus G (retail $600 without contract) for $99 with contract, cancelling the contract ($175 buyout) and selling/using the device on another carrier right off the bat. Obviously that’s a bit underhanded, as you’re making roughly $325 off the carrier. But in my case, where I own my phones, use them on Sprint exclusively and develop on them, I feel that I should be allowed to do so.

    I assume they’re worried about perhaps device specific software that is being passed around to devices it wasn’t intended to be on (Like Sense on a Samsung/Moto device or Touchwiz on an HTC/Moto device or HTC’s beats audio being put onto devices from other manufacturers). Obviously in this instance, you have a phone manufacturer spending money to develop proprietary software and it’s being installed on other devices that they’re not making any money on, which is no different really than me buying a windows game, ripping the DVDs, modding the software to run on Linux, making a .deb package for it and distributing it myself.

    I understand that people want to get paid for the work they do, but I find it really weird the ways that they go about writing laws to protect this.

    The bad thing that I see in this is that with less devices being able to “legally” be unlocked, there might be less development being done in places like androidforums, xda, etc. My fear is that the great thing about Android (sharing the source back upstream) might be disrupted by this and cause development of great new features to slow.

    That, or more manufacturers might sell pre-unlocked phones in a similar fashion to how Google is doing with the Nexus 4.

  8. EddieT says:

    There’s still time! 10 days left to get 100,000 minimum signatures.. At present, there is 66,000 sigs.. Help make a difference! Please pass on the petition

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