Rooting phones illegal?

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Is rooting koodo phones illegal? Am I allow to do this to my samsung galaxy ace
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Posted 5 years ago

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John Burke, Mobile Master

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It's legality is debatable but it does definitely void your warranty.
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Not illegal. Especially in Canada. Although you have no right to the software of the device you do have the choice to remove it from the carriers clutches (bloat ware etc.) It WILL void factory warranty
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JAILBREAKING A PHONE IS NOT ILLEGAL!

Cuz I wanna be like Chad. He is my idol :p
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@Mat I think you are confusing Jailbreaking/Rooting for unlocking. The 2 are very different things
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I get emotional.
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I call that passion! It's great to have passions for things. It means you care
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THANK YOU! :-)
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The rooting procedure is fully reversible, in that the manufacturer will have no idea the device was ever rooted. If you're new to rooting, the best advice would be to make backups of your current system so that if things go wrong, you can always revert to your backup.

Side note: Carrier unlocking your device is still allowed here in Canada, however unlocking a newer device (2013 models and beyond) is now considered illegal in the U.S. In some cases, you may need root access to carrier unlock your device.
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I use the same reasoning when I jailbreak too. If I reverse it, they wont know I did anything to it
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Except for some new Samsung phones which have a flash counter but even that can be reset if something goes wrong.
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Galaxy Ace doesn't have one, but very good point all the same.
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For Samsung Galaxy S devices, there are known ways to achieve root through flashing without triggering the flash counter. I recommend sticking to this method rather than resetting counter.
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I'll take the chances and eat the phone. They started doing a few things to change the interface I didn't like so I rooted to maintain a stable version 5 kernel on an S5 Neo. It is the version I like best even though the Neo pales in its predecessor's glory and functionality.
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Maybe, depends on the company but I have sent my rooted hone to LG due to a hardware issue and they fixed it no problem.
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This topic has already been discussed last month regarding rooting Koodo phones"
http://community.koodomobile.com/kood...
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Carrier unlocking your device is still allowed here in Canada, however unlocking a newer device (2013 models and beyond) is now considered illegal in the U.S. In some cases, you may need root access to carrier unlock your device.
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A White House petition to make unlocking cell phones legal again has passed 1 lakh signature . Passing the milestone means the U.S. government has to issue an
official response. On January 26th, unlocking a cell phone that is under contract became illegal in the U.S Just before that went into effect , a petition was started at whitehouse.gov https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/peti... to have the Librarian of Congress revisit that decision. 'It reduces consumer choice, and decreases the resale value of devices that consumers have paid for in full. The Librarian noted that carriers are offering more unlocked phones at present, but the great majority of phones sold are still locked,this can be done using any third party vendors like http://www.prounlocking.com .The policy is a big issue for anyone who wants to use their phone abroad, without needing to go through their U.S.' carrier's expensive roaming and international plans. Additionally, anyone who wants to move to a new GSM carrier in the U.S. (such as T-Mobile to AT&T), will have issues.
Here is the source

http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/04/wh...
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Rooting and unlocking are two different things.
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Actually, as of this year, in Canada, phone companies will have to unlock your phone at your request after 90 days http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story... , chalk one up for freedom.
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All of our carriers already offered this after 90 days. The only difference is that now they have to do it on the spot if purchasing a device outright.
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Not completely true that the cell carriers must unlock the phones. The new CTRC rules come in to effect at then end of this year. That could mean the older contracts are not "grandfathered" into this. Also, the CRTC rules are "non-binding" meaning the carriers are not obliged to follow them.
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From what I understand reading the new terms so far, If a contract is made AFTER december 2nd, the 2 year rule applies. Ones before that date are not applicable to the same rules/guildlines. If a phone is bought outright AFTER that same date, it can be unlocked immediatly at the customers' request.
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@Yves, so the CRTC Wireless Code of Conduct (when it goes into effect in Dec) is non-binding so the wireless providers can still have phones subsidized over a 3 year contract, refuse to unlock phones that are purchased 100%, etc?
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So in actuality the consumer will actually not benefit from this decision. What's to stop a carrier from creating two price points, one for new or existing customers and one for ppl who are paying cash for the phone outright and are not customers. I see 6 month contract pricing in our future. IMHO
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If rooting is illegal, myself and all my friends should be serving multiple life sentences :)
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Just call me the MIUI bandito