In few hours time, you unlock your iPhone, you stand the risk of being jailed or fined or both. That is the law and it was determined two months ago by the Library of Congress, United States of America. The same body allowed unlocking of iPhones from year 2006 and affirmed same decision in 2010. But now there is a turn around and from 2013 till 2015 when the stance would be reviewed again, unlocking will remain illegal.
The question on everyone’s lip is “why is this so in the United States when in other countries, you can get your iPhone unlocked within minutes at any street corner for a peanut?” Looks to us like the carriers are pulling strings. They seem to be getting more powerful. However, the Library of Congress gave the following reasons for the new law.
The first reason is that the amount of unlocked phones on the market as tripled since 2010 and that as carriers have generous unlocking policies it should not be allowed for users to unlock their phones without the carriers permission.
The second reason, which we are sure many will not agree with in a country like ours in Nigeria is that the user does not own the software, but only has permission to use it in accordance with the End User License Agreement. When we were discussing this issue with one iPhone user in the U.S., he was so enraged he shouted “EULA can go jump into the cesspit. I coughed out so much dough to get this thing and you are here telling me I don’t own damn the phone.” Such is the anger. Such is the frustration. But the good news is that the law affects only iPhones bought from January 2013. And jail breaking is not illegal yet.
A source from the Library of Congress said:
In addition the new exemptions only allow for phones you already have, as well as those purchased before January, to be unlocked. Phones purchased after January 2013 can only be unlocked with the carrier’s permission.
But we continue to ask the question why carriers are given so much control and powers in the United States.
Will the law also affect the use of Gevey Sims?
What do you say on this?
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