View Poll Results: Did you know unlocking your BlackBerry was illegal?

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  • Yes I knew, didn't make a difference though!

    4 44.44%
  • No I wasn't aware, good to know it's legal now!

    5 55.56%
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  1. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    West Virginia, USA
    PIN
    2AC197
    Device
    Zed10, PlayBook
    OS
    Z10STL100-3/10.1.0.2
    Carrier
    AT&T
    Posts
    260
    1. Unlocking a phone was never illegal, breaking the software encryption to allow unlocking was. This is what made it illegal to unlock an iPhone. You had to jailbreak it before you could unlock it. Jailbreaking an iPhone broke through Apples security encryptions to access the software to affect an unlock. Since RIM never included a software encryption barrier to unlocking, nobody ever broke the law to unlock their berrys. However, creating, using, or possessing software to unlock the iPhone is still violating copyright law, even though having an unlocked iPhone is legal. Like anyone with a brain would care if it were illegal.

    2. The founding fathers were all wealthy businessmen or well off farmers, they knew the damage that copyright and corporate power could do to our union. They made specific laws to keep corporate greed out of the government. And, because they were wealthy, they also made laws that would protect corporations, giving them a level playing field. Patents were meant to expire fast, to give corporations a chance to profit from them at first, then so that any one may profit afterwords. Copyright was meant to function the same way. Corporate America has grown so greedy that it will feed on itself until it collapses, eating its own arm because its hungry, and drinking its own blood because its thirsty, so to speak. Case in point, patent trolls and patent holding companys. They make no products, yet they hold the power to profit from companys that do the physical work.
    Last edited by BBSuperAbuser; 08-01-2010 at 02:49 AM.



  2. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Hilltop, TACO-ma, Wash.
    PIN
    307959E6
    Device
    Antique 9530
    OS
    Whatever works today
    Posts
    353
    I think we're on the same page, my friend. The corporate world IS, indeed the worst part of a capitalist system, as it promotes greed and feeds off the weak (so to speak). There is, however, a way to kill this monster.... STOP FEEDING IT!
    I'm getting a wee bit weary of those who always seem to quote the old adage; "You can't fight city hall". Well, where do you think that little bit of "wisdom" came from? Right! City hall said it first, and everybody believed it.
    I've been bucking the system for many years now and have found there are many "laws" on the books that "we the people" have been following without question, that don't even apply to us. Ever heard someone say "don't remove the tags from the mattress, you could go to jail?" B.S. that tag is perfectly legal to remove if you are the customer, not if you're the seller. The list goes on and on, so if you have some spare time, please read some laws and see if you really have to follow them.

  3. #11
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    West Virginia, USA
    PIN
    2AC197
    Device
    Zed10, PlayBook
    OS
    Z10STL100-3/10.1.0.2
    Carrier
    AT&T
    Posts
    260
    I think Benjamin Franklin said it best, "Those who will give up essential liberties for security, deserve neither security, nor liberty." Sound a little prophetic?



  4. #12
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Fort Defiance, VA
    PIN
    which one? I've lost count!
    Device
    9800
    OS
    Let me check!
    Posts
    275
    100% if you own it you should be able to do what you want with it! I love this!!!! My first BB was a Storm 1 I purchased off of Ebay and I activated it on Alltel before VZW took over. I had no clue what I was doing, I just wanted the Storm!!!!! I bricked it within the first week and couldn't bear to let the hubby know I thought I flushed $175.00. I found BBOS and the rest is history to wanting the latest and greatest OS!

  5. #13
    Unlocking phones becomes legal . . In my view, Unlocking is not a criminal action . If anyone wants to travel to other countries than US, they want to use it with that particular country's local network . All the network provider restricts their phone to use with various countries. Then, how can they use other carrier without unlocking their handsets. Its not illegal . It is one of the essential requirement for mobile users . Unlocking can be done by respective carrier or by any of the online providers .Some of the online vendors provides unlocking instructions to unlock phones .

    Source : http://www.blackberryosunlock.com/



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