Re: Your phone or theirs?
The vast majority of consumers, by far, will never make use of the 'root' or 'other OS' features or other advanced features, much less the vast multitude of the other unlocked features the device offers. Some techies with the background or inclination will, so in reality this is a limitation that only applies to those few.
Originally Posted by erikvv
I can see where an unpopular carrier tries to grow their market share with special phones and pricing, only to have the techie around the corner crack the phone open for a nominal fee and have the carriers new subscriber flee to their competitor and lose their discounting expense without a mean for making that money back.
That being said, and being a bit of a techie myself, I find it objectionable that the device that I purchased, whether on on contract or outright doesn't matter, isn't 100% in my control, should I chose to exercise that control. I paid for the hardware, it's mine to do with as I see fit. I may not get support on the changes that I made, but I take on that responsibility when I make the changes.
The exception would be that a cell phone is on lease (or any other device for that matter), in which case, I really don't own the phone, but I am leasing it from the carrier, and therefore have limited control over the hardware, which isn't paid for and mine.
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