DMCA Law To Make Unlocking Phones Illegal After January 26th


T-Mobile’s “bring your own phone” campaign is about to take a bit of a dive as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act will make it illegal to jailbreak and unlock phones. According to the act, it is illegal to  unlock both tablets and phones without permission from your wireless provider. Back in last October, the DMCA determined that a 90 day window would be available during which people could still buy a phone and unlock it. Unfortunately, that window closes on Saturday, January 26th.

Aside from T-Mobile’s campaign to lure iPhone customers over from AT&T, unlocking devices has been a major asset for international travelers who wish to use their own devices on different networks. For T-Mobile’s sake, unlocked devices are a major draw for customers who wish to roam internationally from outside the US as well luring unhappy AT&T customers. The new rules won’t completely negate unlocked devices, as devices like the iPhone 5 or Nexus 4 are sold directly unlocked from Apple and Google.

Groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) continue to question whether the DMCA has the right to decide who can unlock a phone. EFF attorney Mitch Stoltz sent a letter to TechNewsDaily explaining “Arguably, locking a phone users into one carrier is not at all what the DMCA was meant to do. It’s up to the courts to decide.”

One area T-Mobile doesn’t have to worry about is unlocking devices they sell you. The DMCA permits your carrier to unlock the device once you’ve requested an unlock code. Still, once the calendar creeps over into Saturday, unlocking your phone will be illegal. If you are concerned about breaking the law, you can definitely search around the Internet to find a code to unlock your current device.

With T-Mobile’s ads like the one above featuring a big open padlock with an iPhone, how will this affect them? Assuming this isn’t overturned or struck down, will this change your plans for your next device purchase?

TL;DR: For those of you concerned about jailbreaking and rooting, it’ll still be legal to jailbreak/root smartphones which really leaves this cut off date affecting customers looking to unlock devices and switch carriers.

We’ve pinged T-Mobile and will update with their comments when it arrives. 


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  • We’re one step closer to regulation. For me, I believe this would be a good thing.

    • Ph4nthomWraith

      Please explain why you believe that this is a good thing.

  • RefarmPCSnowPlease

    Ironically in some countries, SIM-locking is illegal.

  • Nobody should be able to tell anyone what he or she can do to their property. I will continue to unlock my phones as I choose. Typical bullshit. It is getting pathetic, This should not effect T-Mobile’s new program. I know of at least 8 people living in the Cambridge Massachusetts area that have gone to T-Mobile on their 1900 radio frequency using their unlocked I-Phones. They love it, they are getting much faster speeds from T-Mobile then they were from AT&T. Keep it up T-Mobile, eventually people will smarten up, better plans, lower prices and best of all faster, much faster data speeds.
    Thank You T-Mobile.

    • George Millhouse

      and yet they are bleeding customers

      • eanfoso

        Because of morons who go after the iDevice that t-mobile doesn’t offer and theyare enough to think that they can’t get one unlocked and use it with t-mobile

        • phillip martin

          Yeah, the people that want something T-Mobile doesn’t offer are morons. Unlike the people that ran T-Mobile who picked a non-standard 3g and 4g signal. Lol

        • eanfoso

          Exactly, only those people are morons, because at the time t-mobile was getting ready to deploy HSPA+ the only spectrum available was the AWS 17/2100 band 4 from the FCC, trust me Deutsch Telekom wanted all of it’s units to share the same bands, but at&t had snatched them all, but no matter, because carriers like at&t in some Parts Of The country have deployed LTE on the same frequency of AWS 17/2100 band 4, so all that t-mobile did was get ready for the future lol :)

  • Deadeye37

    That is just plain stupid! I understand that its supposed to help the carrier keep their business, but in a sense, they’re making it so that the phone isn’t really yours. If my contract is up, or I paid for the phone outright, I should have the ability to use it where I please, not just on the network I purchased the phone on!

    If the phone only works on that carrier and the carrier won’t unlock it, the carrier should be replacing my phone and/or upgrading my phone whenever it stops working. Its their phone. I’m just leasing it! Geez.

    /end of rant.

    • Ph4nthomWraith

      I believe that the original concern wasn’t about letting carriers keep their business, it was more along the line of network security and stopping pirated apps (specifically to the iOS devices.

      I honestly feel that I own my phone and that it is a computer and I can load whatever I want onto it. So I will still root my phone and put CM or other ROM as I see fit.

      • sharon

        thats not what the problem is. have you been living under a rock?

        • Ph4nthomWraith

          Then what is the problem?

        • DeusJZ

          Network security has nothing to do with it. Pirated apps is software related, which makes me believe that you’re alluding to the controversy over whether Jailbreaking/rooting your device was legal. Unlocking your phone is freeing it to run on different carriers.

          For example, a man wants to buy or has a phone on AT&T, but likes T-Mobile’s plans better. He doesn’t like the phones T-Mobile is offering/doesn’t wish to change from his phone. He unlocks the phone, and he can run his phone on T-Mobile’s network, with the same phone, not restricted to AT&T.

          The problem is that by taking this away, we get stuck with locking ourselves down to a network, and we no longer can pick and choose the devices that best suit us while also getting the deals we want on our mobile plans. So, we become restricted to “I don’t like the devices offered, but I like the plans” or “I don’t like the plans, but they’re offering the best hardware.” And worst of all, for when you’re outside the US, you can’t take your phone and its data with you, running on a network that won’t cost you hundreds in roaming charges.

        • Ph4nthomWraith

          The law that is applied is a copyright law, which applies more to the software that is on the phone (the OS and the apps) as well as the software that runs in the background specific to each carrier.
          Switching carriers has less to do with the law than any other reason.

        • fsured

          To break down what you are saying and what I’m understanding from your comment, IOS is copy write protected and jail-braking the device is a form of taking their intellectual property and modifying it without their consent. I can understand that. Att still makes the sale number and possbile profit if you buy the phone from them and they unlock it. It is just saying we can’t do it ourselves.

          With Android what are carriers claiming as copy write? This reeks of the whole Internet Explore issue and the Antitrust suits on Microsoft. We have to ask permission to use something we bought in a way we want.

        • Chris

          Jailbreaking and rooting is still legal…

          What are you talking about??

          What is being labeled “illegal” is the ability to sim-unlock a phone…

        • Ph4nthomWraith

          You are right, if you go to the source link at they explain it in better detail and I have read similar articles that say that rooting and jailbreaking would still be legal. However, the article above states that Jailbreaking would be illegal that was where my comments came from.

        • Chris
        • dkbnyc

          I’ve been living under a rock. Please enlighten us O Wise One! If not, STFU!

      • Andrew

        The government shouldn’t be in the business of legislating profit for corporations, especially at the cost of personal liberty.

        • Succinct and well said.

      • Adrayven

        Correct. This was concerning the DLNA licensing for not just apps, but music and video.. This is a Hollywood agenda related attempt to keep media piracy down.

        Problem is, it is violating ones right to choose a carrier..

        ORIGINALLY, this wasn’t about unlocking a phone’s carrier at all. It was about hacking software(Jailbreaking or rooting) and breaking the DLNA copy protection of the media on the phone. They just ‘included’ this as an aside.

      • Chris

        Ugh, you can’t pirate apps by simply doing a sim unlock…

  • Kufat

    Really misleading headline. Bringing your unlocked smartphone won’t get harder, unlocking your locked smartphone may.

    The headline makes it sound like there would be new problems buying a factory unlocked phone and bringing it to T-Mobile, which doesn’t seem to be the case based on the body of the article.

    • Except people don’t generally buy UNLOCKED most devices get unlocked.

      • Kufat

        That’s true, but it has nothing to do with what I said. :) The headline that I complained about has been fixed since I made my post.

      • None

        I did, and I never will again. I bought a non-play store Galaxy Nexus (updated by Samsung) and I get no update love. Yes, I got JB but the GS3 even has a higher version than I have. Nexus having the updates first is not true in my case. I would rather purchase a locked phone than a forgotten one anyday,

        • Spanky

          I had a non-Play Store Galaxy Nexus as well. Flash either yakju or takju firmware version (available directly on Google), and you’ll get all the instant update love.

  • notme96

    I don’t think that it’s right for them to say that unlocking and jailbreaking/rooting devices is against the law a year or two after they said that it wasn’t against the law. I believe that At&t and Apple have a hand in this some how.

  • fsured

    Oh so is how Verizon plans on charging $15 dollars to unlock their devices? Read that the other day on either Cnet or a Yahoo tech article that they are considering charging for that. Since you can request it and the give you the code then they know not to honor your warranty and make money off it. Cheap BS on Verizon if they do charge and BS on this law.

    • 21stNow

      The warranty should never be affected by whether or not the phone is unlocked.

  • A-RON

    If you pay for a product than it should be yours to do with what you want…. Seeing that some of the Carriers are moring away from subsidizing your cell phone than it should be unlocked from the start. If they want to subsidize the phone than after 2 years or want not it is your phone because you have paid for it and should be able or should just automatic get unlocked.

    • Jim

      ^ This if you pay for it out right it should be yours to do with what you want, otherwise all it would be is a lease from the company.

  • Mirad77

    This is one of those dumb new rules that is just a waist of time. Att and tmobie will unlock your phone if your contract is up and you don’t have any balance with them. Then you can do whatever you choose with the phone. Plus as mentioned in the article apple and Google sell their phone unlock.
    The point is the phone manufacturer unlocks the phones and most of them sell those phones unlocked .

    • 21stNow

      AT&T has their own unlocking rules (some of them senseless), most of which have nothing to do with contract status.

      • Mirad77

        That’s true just trying to keep customers from leaving basically. Lol

  • sharon

    don’t see a problem. No one uses Verizon’s DROID line of phones on T-Mobile anyway.

    All this means is that carrier locked phones will be hard to bring over to other carriers. Mind you, this doesn’t apply to (mainly most) Verizon/Sprint phones as they use CDMA and different LTE from T-Mobile. The only problem is smaller GSM carriers and if you have an AT&T phone and wanted to use it on T-Mobile. Not that big of a deal, if you want a phone to use on multple networks, buy unlocked. Don’t bitch about it to the carrier.

    • Freak4Dell

      I used a phone from the DROID lineup on T-Mobile for over a year. The only reason I don’t now is because they hadn’t figured out how to unlock the newest ones for US bands until today, so I bought a more expensive, factory unlocked phone.

      • DNA-RNA

        The Verizon Droid DNA comes unlocked, and works on T-Mobile 1900. Only HSPA 21 though, and no LTE

        • Freak4Dell

          Oh, nice. I didn’t even look at the DNA because I didn’t want something that big. The RAZR M and HD had locks for the US bands, and people were only getting EDGE. Today (or maybe yesterday), somebody figured out how to clear that lock.

        • RAZR M and HD don’t have locks, but they only support UMTS 850/1900. Unless you’re in a HSPA 1900 market, you’re getting only EDGE on those phones.

        • Freak4Dell

          They have no SIM locks, but stock radio firmware configuration did not allow HSPA on AT&T or T-Mobile, regardless of whether the user was in a refarmed area or not. I’ve been following this since the phones launched…I think I know a little bit about what’s going on.

        • Well, if that is truly the case, then take the matter up with the FCC. It’s a violation of the FCC Rules described in Title 47, Part 27, Subpart B, §27.16, paragraph (e): “Handset locking prohibited. No licensee may disable features on handsets it provides to customers […], nor configure handsets it provides to prohibit use of such handsets on other providers’ networks.” Note that these rules only apply to Verizon Wireless LTE devices. Other ones don’t have this rule apply to them.

          File a complaint and they’ll fix it. Here’s the form:

  • Dion Mac

    Sound fishy. I wonder if this has been in the works for some time now, or was this a ploy to stop any at&t customers from taking their device and business to tmobile..?… you know at&t is good for their lobbying power(except some mergers lol).But it seems even more stupid because more and more phones are coming already unlocked. High end phones at that.

    SN: I wonder if T-Mobile will lock the phones that they sale after they demolish the classic plan… *ponders*

    • Dion Mac


  • Freak4Dell

    I don’t really see this stopping anyone.

  • FUD David

    David, quit the FUD and correct the headline to read “Unlocking your phone legally now requires permission, but bringing your unlocked phone over is as easy as ever”

  • Scott Walsh

    Won’t have to worry much longer about that when T-Mobile launches the iPhone on their network. Who cares

    • fsured

      I care and plenty of others do. I’m interested in other phones that T-Mobile does not carry and that is not an Iphone.

  • philyew

    Unless TM decide that they require some certification of legal unlocking before allowing devices to connect to their network, this change surely has no impact on the process of using a BYOD on the TM network?

    People may find it harder to come by tools to unlock their phones, if there is an issue with their former carrier which prevents “legal” unlocking, and people may be intimidated by this ludicrous perversion of what copyright law is supposed to be about, but once they decide to use any unlocked device with a TM plan – short of TM requiring certification – there won’t be any impediment.

  • Chris S.

    The headline has nothing to with the story. Please correct it! It should say something about it being harder or just illegal to unlock your phone. Not that it being illegal has any relevance. Whoever made this law doesn’t have the authority to tell you what you can and can’t do with it, unless you’re harming others. Yet another invalid law to be ignored.

  • Ben

    To be clear (this article muddies it a bit), it is still perfectly legal to unlock a device you bought before the 90-day window expires. You just cannot buy a new locked device after the 90-day window and unlock it without your carrier’s permission.

  • no2apple

    Who the hell is DMCA and who is the retard over there who made this decision ??
    This wont stand in the courts guys… The retard is gonna get a egg on his face

    • jay_max

      The DMCA is not a “who,” it’s a what: an Act passed by Congress.

  • BlackAdam52

    Slightly off topic, but still related. If T-Mobile will no longer subsidize phones, will all of their phones be unlocked?

    • 21stNow

      I doubt it. Phones sold so far on Value plans and on the old Even More Plus plans were locked, but the customer could call in and request the unlock code.

      • krym73

        what is a good reasonable way to ask to get your phone unlocked? please and thank you for the info in advance

        • 21stNow

          I just call in to the customer service (611) line and ask for the unlock code. They ask for my email address and email the unlock code to me. There are some requirements, all of which I don’t remember. The account has to be opened for a certain amount of time (45 days, I think) and you can only request one unlock code every 90 days.

  • ghulamsameer

    The United States is pretty much the only country that does this.

    • Christopher J Sacra

      I had T-mobile in Germany (Deutsche Telekom) and they would not unlock my phone until the 2 year contact was up. Also in Germany, if you don’t cancel your mobile contract in writing, 90 days before the end, it automatically renews for another year, and it’s legally binding. Some things could be worse, but it’s not illegal to unlock your phone there.


    What happens if I unlock my note II on my own?
    You know with the code that leaked a couple months ago?
    Is this illegal too? Am I gonna be arrested for unlocking my own fucking phone?
    What kind of world are we living in?!@??!@!

  • kev2684

    i’m sorry, but i paid $700 for my device so shut your face.

  • All the more reason to switch to no contract and my service is free unlimited-49 dot com

  • Michael Corral

    Only in America,… The DMCA can suck my —- if they think they have anyway of enforcing such a stupid law.

  • I will unlock my phone in front of the DCMA just to prove my point. Its my property and i will do what i want!

  • so then whats the punishment for this?

  • david


  • moises1204

    the day carriers start giving every device for free then i will do what they want me to do with their devices, but if i have to pay for it then fuck them, who are they to tell me what i can or can’t do with my property, i am telling this is getting to be like a fucking dictatorship around here.

  • Mark_Maximus


    No one’s going to be prosecuted for this – tempest in a teapot.

  • HeadBangToThis

    fuck dmca. i could give a fuck less if it ever goes through. i could give a fuck using a iphone on t-mobile. regardless ill be using t-mobile monthly 4g. trust in your investment and not ways of locking people in and creating fees just to make more money. anything over 100$ a month for one person is ridiculous just to own a cellphone to stay in touch when its an important way of communicating these days. the kind of shit this comes down to with other companies trying to shit on someone elses parade. scared of a little competition. fuckem all!!!!!

  • Oscar Alvarado

    Could you remove the word jailbreak out of the first sentence?

  • Mark

    First, the DMCA is the specific law involved, so it’s not going to be sucking anything. The actual persons involved are the Registrar of Copyright and the Librarian of Congress.

    Second, if anyone wants to read the actual text and explanation, it’s at , starting on page 7 of the embedded document-thing. Apparently, the change in the rule stemmed largely from two things: the general availability of unlocked phones of various types, and a particular Circuit Court judgement that said that you don’t “own the copy” of the software on your phone (or software in general), but are merely a licensee thereof; that gives you less legal leeway about “modifying” said software (i.e., unlocking the phone).

  • David FUD

    How exactly is this news going to make T-Mobile “take a bit of a dive?” People don’t generally buy phones from AT&T and immediately unlock them and switch to T-Mobile.

  • 750,000+ already

    stupid question, but does T-Mobile sell the prepaid Monthly4G at T-Mobile physical stores?

    or are the T-Mobile physical stores only for contract only?

  • daswahnsinn

    Here goes even more freedom in this country. Soon we will have to ask Google if we can google what freedom and liberty is.

    • daswahnsinn

      If they really want to do this, than there should only be one network, No more CDMA or GSM.

  • Winski

    The DCMA will NEVER TELL ME if I can or cannot unlock my property. EFF or no, they will NEVER make that decision for me – EVER.

  • kresearch

    This is downright GREEDY. Not only do you pay $200 for your phone but you also sign a 2 year contract with AT&T at a ridiculously high monthly rate just because it’s an iPhone. AT&T ties their pants by forcing you to agree on a ~$350 termination fee, which practically pays off your “subsidized” device. Then, they also twist your arm to accept a locked device and also make it illegal to unlock it. This way if your renew your contract and get a new phone, you won’t be able to sell the old one to a customer of another provider and recover a bit of the upgrade cost. It’s like Ford restricting your car to highway 5 in CA only. Ridiculous. I wonder when will upper management impotents realize that restrictions dictated by their insecurities impair long term interests of both their business and they customers?

  • kresearch

    Here are the facts PLAIN AND SIMPLE: Cost of 2 year IPhone ownership:

    *Unlocked* iphone from Apple: $650
    StraightTalk (uses AT&T) prepaid for 24mo: $46 * 24 = 1104 (tax & surcharges included)
    Activation (SIM card): $10
    Total: $1761.60 (3G, 4G, but no LTE)

    *Unlocked* iphone from Apple: $650
    T-Mo prepaid plan 24mo: $60 * 24 = $1200 (tax included)
    Activation: free
    Total: $1850 (3G, 4G, LTE)

    AT&T subsidized LOCKED iphone5: $199 + $57tax (since when did tax become 30%)
    Activation fee: $36
    AT&T service fee for 24mo: $85 * 24 = $2040 + taxes and surcharges
    Total: $2332 (+ tax & unknown surcharges) (3G, 4G, LTE)

    Pick your poison.

    • Alan713

      in reality, ATT on average is 15% taxes addition to one’s bill, so 85+ 15% will come close to 100 * 24 = 2400. Plus always ‘accidental’ charges from ATT. Tmo is the best to go.

  • kresearch

    oops, $50 for T-Mo monthly plan

  • Low IQ

    Then when I buy a phone for the full purchase price $$, I don’t actually own it?, It is a rental agreement!!…so if I don’t own it then I wont bother with that company, I will just seek others that use ethical standards instead of Authoritarianism & Dictatorship types!
    This is not acceptable and only needs to be publicized of which is easy with the Internet of today, some idiot marketing manager of Low IQ probably started this campaign of ineptitude.

  • Low IQ

    very soon they will make it illegal to alter your computer that you purchased by adding or deleting apps or software? sorta like what Apple does but on a larger scale! LOL!

  • Low IQ

    I had three lines and my Tablet line of which I am down to only one as of February 9th, 2013.
    I already have other options of which I am taking! The best way to let the carriers know is in their declining market share, but that only works if all people do the same?

  • superdry

    This shouldn’t affect buying a phone full price from a carrier and not using it on the carrier, though.

    This ruling/law/whatever seems to be geared more towards people still under contract with a provider.

  • Dobber

    There seems to be a lot of confusion about the DMCA.

    The DMCA is a very powerful piece of legislation that was lobbied heavily for by the RIAA and MPAA, the recording and motion potion industries. Those groups felt threatened by the burgeoning theft of Intellectual Property via electronic means. Specifically, the RIAA felt their business model was under threat because of digital piracy — the ability to rip songs off of discs, store them as small mp3 files, and then disseminate them, illegally, through various networks. Either centralized server-based peer-to-peer such as Napster or non-centralized peer-to-peer as most technologies are today.

    Of course, making copies for personal use is absolutely, completely, legal… but of course they wouldn’t want you to do that either. So they stop you by taking away your right with shrink-wrap licenses, or by encoding it, or taking it away when it’s buried in the Terms of Service that nobody reads, or by letting you ‘borrow’ the content for personal use, where you don’t own the data to begin with.

    Generally speaking. The DMCA makes it illegal to decrypt encrypted electronic data. It also makes it illegal to reverse engineer encryption technologies. This makes it illegal to intercept blu-ray data from your blu-ray player to your TV and store it, for example. Or, basically, anything that’s encrypted, regardless of the form of encryption. Even writing an email backwards could be considered a form of encryption… By extension, this is why you can’t reverse engineer the ‘lock’ on your handset and bypass it.

    The legislation was intended to protect the Intellectual Property of the rights holders. That’s fair enough. The problem is, left unchecked, the DMCA is just a massive intrusion of your civil liberties. And it has a long history of being used to threaten and bully anyone who gets in the way of the massive IP holders, such as recording studios, motion picture studios, Disney, etc. The other problem is that the IP rights were already protected with existing laws. I guess they just felt they should nip it all in the bud and prevent anyone from copying any electronic data, period.

    I honestly can’t think of one good thing the DMCA has done for consumers, or consumers’ rights.

    The irony is that free markets should have been left to reign. It didn’t take long for a simple business model by Apple to completely destroy the way the RIAA had previously operated. The RIAA should have just accepted the fact that CD’s weren’t worth $18 to consumers. Instead, a single song in electronic format was worth about $1. Nobody really complains about paying a dollar for a song. The RIAA could’ve eliminated the threat of piracy simply by adapting to consumer needs. Instead, they helped create this monstrosity called the DMCA and cling hopelessly to antiquated business models that consumers don’t want.

    • iamnumbersix

      Well said. Thank you for the explanation.

  • Alan713

    I think locking phones in the first place is illegal, not unlocking it! maybe this should drive unlocked phones market and therefore prepaid market and maybe finally USA will move into more Europe-like prepaid model

  • PeteRoeder

    I own my phone outright. I can do what I want with it. Period.

    • PCJ

      i agree. imagine if televisions were set up the same way with the cable providers.

  • Josue

    do they really think people will listen to that….

  • David

    This sounds like something lawyers from the wireless providers thought up to keep people using their crappie networks.

  • Dan


  • Trevnerdio

    This stuff is really getting ridiculous. Circumventing buying a tethering plan is also against the terms of T-Mobile, but isn’t it basically just plain wrong to charge people twice for Internet access? The carriers need to simplify their crap and the DMCA needs to be rid of.

  • mmmmaxheadroom

    I’m from the government and I’m here to help. not so much!

  • Piotr Madej

    The phones are not the property of the carrier but the sole property of the owner. The carrier has not right to tell the user what they can or cannot do with their devices. The people who sit on DMCA are probably a much of old farts who have no clue how to use a smart phone, can only dial a number. It’s really sad that we can’t get some young blood anywhere to make things better.

  • Morning Wood

    Well…You guys had to have your “Democrats” in power. Well…There ya go. They want and will control everything you do. Its only gonna get worse.

    • PCJ

      firearms are next

  • D Velasquez

    oh boy, so what’s next? talking on your cellphone is illegal after 9 pm because it could be used for illegal activity?

  • brian90

    You can buy a NEW unlocked Ipohone 4s Directly from Apple’s website with the 12month option to pay for $550 ($45/month over 12 months). AND the 4S is BETTER than the iphone 5. I have an iphone 5 and my wife has the iphone 4s. MANY problems with my 5.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    I can’t begin to say how retarded this is.

  • yozo123

    You all have interesting points. Here’s another… The carriers who paid a lot of mula to get the iPhone created for their network and paying Apple big bucks for advertising rights are freaking out the TmobileUSA is saying come on in and use that compatible iPhone on our network. Tmobile basically has lower overhead by avoiding all the returns and defective iPhone headaches, support for end user use, etc.
    TmobileUSA has less ad dollars out the door because they don’t have to pay Apple a cent.

    Another reason for not allowing unlocking is that carriers paid a lot of money for developing all those uninstallable crap-apps that you have never used. Some unlocking techniques allow you to remove all that crap-apps for your own personal use of memory.

  • awatt

    I’m more interested in seeing how the DMCA plans on policing this.

    • PCJ

      probably go after websites and try to shut them down. file lawsuits against people who create programs for unlocking. Jazz like that.

  • Dennis Da Menace

    Hey all, we can start taking initiative and go sign this petition:

    Took me about a minute. To hell to those who tell me what I can or can’t do to my own property!

  • PCJ

    im about to break the law tomorrow

  • MANZ

    The DMCA was pushed into law by the Republicans under George W. Bush. Not the Democrats. Get your shit straight before you post.

    • Righty29

      No it was passed into law by democrat Bill Clinton.

  • Oscar Dominguez

    My concern is ATT blacklisting devices they have not authorized too be unlocked.

  • Corepreacher

    I just got a memo from coporate tmobile. Our methods to help customers to unlock phones is legal and we should continue with business as usual

  • What’s the Digital Millennium Copyright Act going to do ticket us? I will still unlock my phone that I Paid for.

  • michael


  • Bill Smith

    They can pass all the laws they want. People are going to do what they want to irregardless.

  • JackThomasAZ

    Fuck the government. It’s your property. Do with it as you wish. Only civil disobedience against these ridiculous laws will curb the fascist government in Washington.

  • Mobilewolf789

    Just to be clear, this does not apply to phones already out of contract? (I thought I read that somewhere).

  • iamnumbersix

    “Did you really think that we want those laws to be observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against–then you’ll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. We’re after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you’d better get wise to it. There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there it that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted–and you create a nation of lawbreakers–and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Rearden, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

    Courtesy of Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged. Explains a lot.

  • Scott Walsh

    There is no way to enforce this, this is just a big laugh and a joke!

  • Macro47

    Maybe I should just buy my computer from Time Warner Cable and let them decide to NEVER let me use my computer with a different ISP. Maybe I should buy a dell and only use the version of windows that they supplied and not upgrade. I’m so sick of this crap.

  • rgvtech

    Maybe I’m just not understanding. Unlocking a phone allows you to download free apps that originally one pays for?? I thought that was considered jailbreaking (different)?? Soo.. if I get an unlock code for my phone I can download free apps?! If that’s not the case then I don’t understand why unlocking and still having to pay for any apps u purchase normally would be illegal.

  • orbis

    screw the goverment

  • If this illegal issue bothers you, and you want to have the option to be able to unlock a device you believe you paid for and own, then sign this official Petition and pass it along:

    There’s still time! 11 days left to get 100,000 minimum signatures.. At present, there is 64,000 sigs.. Please pass this petition link around to help make a difference!

  • this is on topic: please google:
    “white house petition make unlocking cell phones legal”
    and sign it. we need 100,000 signatures, before Feb 23rd, but at present we’re only at 64k. and a majority of the major Tech Press is urging us to act now

  • crazygal

    Got a good response from the white house about legalizing
    cell phone unlocking. here is the source:

    The recent ruling that effectively bans third-party unlocking has ruffled more
    than a few feathers, and the people have spoken with their electronic
    signatures—14,322 of them , to be exact. Now the petition to the White House,
    which asks that DMCA protection of phone unlockers be reconsidered, has finally
    received an official response, and it appears that it’s for the positive.

    You can still get your phone unlocked from any third party vendors like ..there is no issues ..