iPhone unauthorized unlocking to become illegal in ten minutes

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  1. Rafagon

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  2. Napoleon PhoneApart

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    Well, I think we have it covered. :D
     
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  3. Europa

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    Just factory unlocked my iPhone 5 a few minutes ago. It's permanent and just a few dollars on eBay. (y)

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  4. Kadelic

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    I just purchased an unlock for my 4S even though it is now Saturday. Do I understand correctly that the new "illegality" only applies to devices purchased starting today? So unlocking devices purchased before today is still okay?
     
  5. Europa

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    Correct. This doesn't apply to phones purchased prior to today. I unlocked my iPhone 5 last night just in case unlocks become less available or more expensive as a result of this new law.
     
  6. Rafagon

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    How do you make that part of the website (with the articles) appear from within the eiC app? I was away from my desktop at the time and I would've liked to have searched for the everythingicafe.com version of the story but I don't know where to find those on the app...
     
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  7. Rafagon

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    It turns out that if you purchased your iPhone before January 26th, 2013, you can unlock it through any means and it'll still be legal. The new law only applies to devices purchased on or after that date. This along with other points are clarified by this article:



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  8. Europa

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    Yeah, that was made clear from the beginning. See post #5.
     
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    how can they determine if you purchase your device before the date? when I say they I mean the website your getting the unlock from?
     
  10. Rafagon

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    I should've paraphrased and mentioned the part of the article that wasn't already posted :D
     
  11. Europa

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    I'm keeping my receipt just in case they try to slap me with a $500,000 fine (I can't remember the exact amount of the fine, but it's ridiculously steep) and throw me in jail for 10 years for unlocking my phone. :p Seriously, though, the people unlocking your phone couldn't care less about when you bought it. The customer is the one who is liable, not them.

    The most absurd thing about this is the only reason it's locked is because AT&T subsidized it and they need to recoup their initial loss. This is done slowly over time through our monthly bill. If we don't fulfill our contract (possibly because we unlock it and move to a different carrier), we have to pay them a hefty ETF. This covers the subsidization we initially received. So it's win-win for them. They will get their money one way or another. So why the threat of ten years jail-time and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines? I doubt they will ever actually prosecute anyone for this, but it is a law nonetheless.

    Verizon customers don't need to worry about it since their iPhone 5s are sold to them unlocked.
     
  12. ajandali

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    I guess living without the jailbreak is much better for every one
     
  13. Mthoroughbred

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    I read somewhere that the company or website unlocking the phones are the ones they'll be coming after.


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  14. Napoleon PhoneApart

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    If they put you away, can I have the house and your iMac?
     
  15. EverythingApple

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    Uh, that doesn't give you a thread but a quote reply. :p
     
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  16. Europa

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    Yes, but only if you write me letters every week and find a way to bring me Chick-Fil-A while I'm in prison.
     
  17. Napoleon PhoneApart

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    Forget it. :D
     
  18. chris

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    I'd expect that having an unlocked iPhone 5 isn't going to hurt resale values when the iPhone 6 comes out.


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  19. Napoleon PhoneApart

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    Not at all. :)
     
  20. Rafagon

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    Jailbreak? That's different from unlocking...:) Jailbreaking is still legal...


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