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  • #19
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    That's straight Libertarian thinking without the benefit of common sense. Our real problem is special interests from the corporate sector, as is demonstrated in this article.
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    Don't you guys understand that the "corporate sector" can only live because of the government? If we restrict government from giving special treatment to corps, then they will die? A true free market will not allow a corp to live.
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    The chamber of Congress in which the lobbyists bought the politicians was the House.
    The chamber in which this BS got fixed was the Senate. The House is red. The Senate is blue. DO YOU GET IT yet??
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    "While this is certainly a good development for consumers and the market, we should be clear on what this bill does and what it doesn't do. It says that consumers can unlock their devices, and others can provide that service for them; however, this only applies through 2015. That year, the Librarian of Congress will rule all over again on whether to ban this technology. If it's banned again, two more years may pass before Congress pays attention and fixes it.

    That will not provide certainty to the private sector, and itt's illogical that the American people will have to ask permission every three years, in 2015, 2018, 2021, 2024, 2027, 2030 etc., from the Librarian of Congress to do something with their own devices that everyone believes is a good for the consumer and the market."

    - That is stupid, it should be the other way around. Americans should not have to request to renew a liberty every few years. Our liberties are not granted by the government - it should be protected by the government.
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    Maybe he should, but he made the right decision. Proprietary phones suck, because they eliminate competition. The age of the librarian is unrelated to the wisdom of his decision
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    I wonder if he feels upset that they made the phonograph outdated, surprised that he did not outlaw 8 track, caset tapes, CDs and DVDs.
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    @Xavier_Onassis I think you should perhaps re-read the article. The Librarian of Congress was the one who made the decision that you *CAN'T* transfer devices across networks. Congress tried to pass a bill to overrule that decision, granting freedom to use your devices on other networks, but the law was mutilated by special interests.
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    I don't see why you have to do that. I' have had a number of smartfones over the years, and currently have 2 LG smartfones, I pay $25 per month for voice and unlimited text & web access, and have paid that same amount for many years. So why jailbreak ?
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    @FaFoxy Well, for starters...because most smart phones and tablets now sold come with a crapload of apps that users don't want/need and can't remove, and because the providers don't provide updates in a reasonable time frame?

    I've got two Android devices, a tablet and a phone, and they both came from the service provider with a number of apps which I could not remove, since they were installed by the manufacturer. These apps take up storage space, potentially preventing me from having enough storage for the apps and media that I *do* want, and they constantly nag me for updates. But I don't particularly *want* to update the apps, since I get a fixed allotment of bandwidth every month and pay out the *** if I exceed that allotment.

    Furthermore, there are newer versions of the Android firmware available for these devices, but I can't upgrade until/unless my service provider makes the upgrade available on their network, since I don't have root access to the devices. So, even though there are almost certainly security and bug fixes for the operating system, I am stuck with old, possibly buggy and potentially vulnerable OS' on these devices. If they were rooted (jailbroken) however, I could install the latest, greatest version of Android to address the problem(s).
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    I've already seen unlocked phones being sold on many sites.....it would suck if you buy one...and are told by a carrier that it can't be used....anyhow, if you own the phone...you should be able to do anything you want with it
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    This is an excellent example of govt serving Big Money and not the people.

    If we don't fix this, and some other things, Big Money will effectively own the govt we elect.
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    so here we have anpther fine example of why I feel our government has gotten out of control....example would be the amusing one that made soft drinks above a certain size illegal....
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    That was not a law, and was not made by "our government". It was a proposal by the Mayor of NYC and applied only to some restaurants, and was never put into effect. So you can rest easy and swim in your giant Slurpee without penalty.
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    @Ets101592 That tends to happen when you allow corporations to pump endless money into government. We need publically-financed elections and no more Citizens United.
  • #75
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    Maybe now we can do something about Cable so we don't have to pay for hundreds of channels that we don't want [a good many of which are repeated half a dozen times], just to get the half dozen we do want.
  • #70
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    We all knew that when the DMCA came into law that was the beginning of trouble for everyone who owns a electronic device. The DMCA needs to be torn apart and rewritten to make sense. This law was hurried through congress by the special lobby groups connected to the big names like SONY, Viacom, etc to name a few. Its always going to be the average working class that gets the screw job by the big companies that trample on our rights.
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    LG Nexus 5. Buy straight out from the google store, no contract, put it on your plan, and it doesn't have all that bloatware that your carrier or other device manufacturers load them down with.
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    @sevenSecrets Nope. Comes without a SIM. Take it to your carrier and have them put on in it. It is great for the new AT&T family share, since you don't have to buy a phone from them, you get the lowest price on the service. It is a pure Android phone without a lot of bloat. It gets Android updates quicker than others because it is Google's default phone and unlike other companies they don't have to test the software against their product. My only problem with it is that you can't add memory with a microSD.
    I have the link at the bottom.
    http://www.google.com/nexus/5/
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    Number one reason why corporate money needs to be took out of politics.......all the politicians who side with the corporations on making laws also takes its money. So follow the money and you will know who is on whose side.
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    When I found out about this law I was pis__d off! I paid the asking price for this IPhone 5 with a 2 year contract and have been with AT&T since they bought Cingular. I loved Cingular! ATT is just too expensive. I didn't get surprise bills with Cingular! Same amount on the bill every month with Cingular. I paid for the price of this phone with the contract and have had it for a little over half of the 2 year contract. I was wanting to take it with me to a different carrier and give it to my daughter when the IPhone 6 comes out. My husband decided to try an android, he hates it! He wants to go back to an IPhone. Now AT&T is trying to make people pay for phones in installments on their already too high bill! Not just buy them. My daughter's iPhone 4 just doesn't cut it, though AT&T promised it would have plenty of memory to do what she likes when we bought it. It is very much lacking for her. They refuse any culpability for that. My husband is willing to take her IPhone 4, so we only need to buy one phone and we don't want to stay with AT&T any longer! I'm going to have to check if the 2015 cut off, if this passes, will stop us. It's going to be close! I've given them enough money! I'm sick of it! I really hope the senate will go further with this and take this power away from an unelected official! This is not free market enterprise when you can't even use electronics you have bought and stayed through the contract period! AT&T profits more from this than any other carrier. So I guess we know who the special interest group lobbying is!
  • #84
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    This is like what we dealt with originally with phone, and it was ruled we could move our SIM card to other phones keeping our own number, which ticked off the phone companies, and that when they came up with the ides of carriers having exclusive phones, that another carrier wouldn't be able to use on their network.
  • #88
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    This is why. These phones can still be made to work with other carriers with a little adjustment. This bill will allow this to happen. Moving your SIM is not unlocking the phone. Adjusting the phone to use it with a different carrier is.
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    Sorry forgot to add something. Unlocking our phones allowed us to call my son's father when he was serving in Iraq which could not be done the way it was.
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    LAZY QUESTION WRITER STRIKES AGAIN! "Do you agree with this view?" Why post an question if you don't have the time/desire to put thought into it? Did the poster even READ the article? Oooohhh, this quickly became a pet peeve.
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