Is unlocking or jailbreaking mobile products a crime?

@basqui (3890)
Philippines
November 3, 2012 7:41am CST
I'm a mobile technician in the Philippines and we are being affected by the Cyber-crime law. Maybe in the next days to come they will start tracking down shops who unlock phones locked to abroad networks or even local network providers. Do you think unlocking a mobile, jailbreaking an apple device or rooting an Android phone is a crime?
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@owyn098 (43)
• Philippines
7 Nov 12
I'm also from the Philippines and I can say that neither of them is a crime. Doing so under contract/warranty will void the contract/warranty though.
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
3 Nov 12
I really don't know . I'm not into all this new technology but wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't. Don't get yourself into trouble, please.
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
3 Nov 12
As of now, not yet as far as Philippine laws are concerned. It does however void any warranty if the mobile device is tinkered with by a technician not authorized by the company to service the particular device.
@dragon54u (31352)
• United States
3 Nov 12
Since you are not taking anything that's not yours but merely expanding the device's capabilities I would say that it is not a crime. It's not legally a crime here in the US but we often say something is not a crime when it is morally wrong. In the case of the phones, I don't think it's wrong since you are not taking something that does not belong to you, but just making your phone able to take advantage of applications that Apple has made the phone incapable of running. I have no idea why they limited the phone's capabilities. If jailbreaking involved using applications for free that you would normally pay for it would be a crime, legally or morally. But since it's not stealing anything I think jailbreaking, as far as I understand it, is not wrong.