January 28, 2013 4:00 PM by TeddyKGB
ABC News – You likely have a cellphone that you bought from a carrier, like AT&T, Verizon or Sprint, and that phone only works on that carrier’s cellular and data network — unless you “unlock” it.
That is a software process that allows the phone to work on other carriers if you put in a new SIM card or want to take the phone to another carrier for service.
If that sounds complicated to you and like something you wouldn’t bother with, then today’s news won’t matter to you. But if that’s something you’ve done before or have thought about doing, then you should know that starting today it is illegal to unlock a subsidized phone or tablet that’s bought through a U.S. carrier.
Teddy doesn’t want to get too political here on B-Minus Blogs, but I heard news this weekend just just needs to be shared. As of this past Saturday, it is now illegal to unlock your cell phone. In case you don’t know, to unlock your cell phone basically means that you can take your existing phone (Android, iPhone, Blackberry, etc.) over to another carrier if you want to. The fine is a maximum of 5 years in prison and $500,000 fine.
The law itself isn’t really what bothers me, it’s that fact that frivolous laws like this keep popping up. So they are telling me, that the phone I purchased and I own isn’t really mine? (Keep in mind that if you have a contract, that’s different. You get the phone cheaper because of your contract. This law applies even to a phone that has no contract and you bought at full price.)
Hey America, Stalin called, said he wants his laws back. No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, always raise an eyebrow when you here about things like this–especially when they were not voted on. Always stand for freedom!
I’ll be back on Wednesday to come back from a terrible weekend in sports betting.