unlocking criminalized

Discussion in 'Tech' started by mistawiskas, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. mistawiskas

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  2. Miller

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    Makes sense to me.... although i really don't care as it doesn't effect me.
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    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    It doesn't effect me either. Just trying to spur some action on this dead forum. :cool:
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    I can see how a company that subsadizes $400+ for a cell phone, doesn't want you unlocking it and using it on another carriers network.
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    You believe those things actually cost that much? The MSRP and actual cost on a 400 dollar phone is most likely $300-$350 apart.
    The markup on electronics is outrageous.
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    I agree with the article. In Vietnam you buy sim cards and add money to them, no monthly bills. But, you have to pay full price for a phone at a retail shop if you don't have one already; all phones are unlocked in Vietnam. I paid 1 million dong (about 50 bucks) for a sim card nine months ago and haven't put a penny on it since. And I use the phone and data all day long. In fact, the more you use it, you will get a text from the phone company saying they are adding minutes to your card because you are such a good customer. Believe it or not.
  10. mistawiskas

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  11. MSP

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    I wouldn't even have a smart phone if it wasn't provided by my company. With ubiquitous WiFi everywhere I go, why on Earth would I pay for a data plan?
  12. mistawiskas

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    I've toyed with getting one. But the fact that I do OK without one trumps the tech.
    In my work, having cell comms is very dangerous. No matter how carefull you are,
    your mind is either waiting for a call or worried about what calls you're missing.
    I've had three ladder falls and two run ins with saws directly related to cell phone distractions.
    I'm not against them, I'm just saying that, for me, the risks do not justify the rewards.
    Sure they may make some aspects of doing business easier, but that's negated by the cost of paying ER visits and will never
    replace the chunk of thumb I get to live without or the pain I still have from broken ribs.

    Irregardless of relevancy, I love this scene:

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    I'm still avoiding a smart phone. I just don't need or even want one. Phone service in America does seem very restrictive though and I find it a bit annoying. Like Krod was saying, in much of the world every phone is unlocked and you just buy a SIM and plug it in to change carrier/number/etc. I have a cheapie phone I bought for aboug $8 and I just get a new SIM whenever I arrive in a new country, most SIM cards are less than $1, than minutes/data is pay as you go.

    I certainly understand carriers wanting to stop unlocking when they are actually subsidizing the cost of the phone, and of course when you sign up you sign a contract you are agreeing to, but I wish the system was more flexible. As it stands, American consumers don't have as many options as I wish we did.