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Comment Re:Not just Comcast (Score 1) 401 401

I saw this with Tivo recently too. They asked me if I knew anyone who wanted to take over my account because I apparently had a grandfathered $13/mo account rather than the current $15/mo rate. As if that made the device worth its weight in gold and it was my obligation to find a new home for it.

In the end, I just told the sales-lady that at the end of the call she will cancel my account. How long the call took was entirely up to her. Seemed to work, though I don't enjoy being rude like that.

Comment Requiring Permission is a Sad Joke (Score 1) 317 317

Don't believe the lie that AT&T will always unlock off contract phones when asked. I own an iPhone 3G. This was a hand-me-down from a relative. The phone contract that was connected to the purchase was satisfied nearly two years ago. I am also a AT&T (prepaid) customer. According their own rules, they should unlock my phone, but they denied my request. My guess is that they don't recognize me as the owner.

I shouldn't need AT&T's cooperation to unlock my phone, but as it stands now, unlocking it without their permission is a DMCA violation.

Comment Re:Don't care (Score 1) 193 193

Jailbreaking is still legal regardless of how the phone was purchased/subsidized. The only thing that changed on January 26th was that unlocking without carrier approval is no longer a valid exception to the DMCA, and is now illegal.

Carriers will generally unlock a phone if you are traveling, even if you are within the contract, which makes their own argument about recovering their subsidy hollow. Network locks are unnecessary, anti-competitive, and diminish the resale value of perfectly good used phones.

Either way, I'm pleased that this petition is on course to qualify for a response.

Comment Re:270 mile range seems good (Score 1) 525 525

I've always thought that electric cars should have gas generator trailers available as an option. If you need extended range, you just attach the trailer (purchased or rented), fill up with gas, and off you go. It sort of turns a car into a diesel/electric train.

Comment Re:Too bad. (Score 1) 798 798

I second this. My wife has a iPhone 4S on AT&T using their prepaid GoPhone service. For about $10 a month, she gets 200 texts and 50 voice minutes. Clearly she isn't a power-user, but with the abundance of WiFi available (home, work, Starbucks) she doesn't notice the absence of cellular data.

Comment Re:I know what I'll be doing. (Score 1) 416 416

I have never signed a cell phone contract, so I need some help understanding this. Is there a provision in the contract that says that the carrier can repossess the phone for defaulting on the contract? If not, I don't see how a phone that was resold under contract is stolen goods.

Comment Correct Number (Score 3, Insightful) 58 58

Has anyone tried to do this with an incorrect phone number? If the call is locating you based on your Facebook ID, then the phone number shouldn't matter, but who knows how Facebook implemented the feature.

I don't have an iPhone, or I would check this myself.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder