Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Most Ridiculous Law of 2013 (So Far): It Is Now a Crime to Unlock Your Smartphone


ADVISORY
BY DECREE OF THE LIBRARIAN OF CONGRESS
IT SHALL HENCEFORCE BE ORDERED THAT AMERICANS SHALL NOT UNLOCK THEIR OWN SMARTPHONES.
PENALTY: In some situations, first time offenders may be fined up to $500,000, imprisoned for five years, or both. For repeat offenders, the maximum penalty increases to a fine of $1,000,000, imprisonment for up to ten years, or both.*
Oh My Gosh !!  REALLY, Really, really?
Per  The Atlantic  article , congress says we really do not "own" our smartphones.  Well, maybe the outer case.  So now, if you are unhappy you have to buy a NEW phone when you change carriers.  Arggghhh!  This is akin to my have a Nook for my Ereader and only being allowed to put in ebooks that are sold by Barnes and Noble.  Forget Amazon.  Forget buying from any other online ebook seller.  Trapped ! But hey the secondary market for used phones will become huge..ie. selling on ebay etc.  The fine is outrageous, the law is squeezing our rights to a sliver and the cell phone companies make out like bandits. Better do your research folks -before you buy into a contract with a carrier.  This will degrade customer services  because you are stuck until you can afford to buy another phone and/or buy out your contract.  GRR-rrrrrr.  This is so wrong on so many levels.  

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