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SpecTech: Carriers no longer able to unlock cell phones

Written by Steven Setser


How is everyone doing? Hope you didn’t have a heart attack after hearing that J.J. Abrams is directing Star Wars Episode VII.  If you did, I hope this tech update will ease the pain.

You can no longer unlock your phone from your cellular carrier.  That’s right, on Saturday it was made illegal.  Before mobile companies could just write you a nasty e-mail, but now they can take legal action against you.

To give you an example of how many people unlock their phones, T-Mobile has 2 million iPhone’s on their service.  T-Mobile does not sell the iPhone.  To get an unlocked phone you have to buy it unlocked.  You can buy a new iPhone 5 locked from AT&T for $199 or unlocked for $729.

The independent film titled “jOBS”, a Hollywood biopic about Apple founder Steve Jobs, was shown privately over the weekend.  The film takes place between the 1970s and the 1990s.  A scene was posted on YouTube, and Steve Wazniak, co-founder of Apple, was not happy.

“Not close–we never had such interaction and roles…I’m not even sure what it’s getting at… We were both kids,” he said in a statement. “Our relationship was so different than what was portrayed. I’m embarrassed but if the movie is fun and entertaining, all the better. Anyone who reads my book iWoz can get a clearer picture.”

On Feb.  5, Apple will begin selling a new model of the current generation iPad with 128GB of storage.  The Wi-Fi model will cost $799 with a 4G version costing $929.  I’m not sure whether or not Apple will be the only one to sell this model in stores.

Well, that is it for this issue; next week I will have new information about the highly anticipated BlackBerry 10 operating system and phones.  Please visit the Spec Tech blog at http://vsuspectech.blogspot.com/ to view my number 5 favorite video game console of all time.

Question of the Week: Will you go see the “jOBS” movie when it is publicly released on April 19th?

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