this would only kinda make sense if the carrier still owns the phone.
if YOU own the phone, then it’s your property and you can do whatever you want with it
Part of this deal was a request by law enforcement...over the growing number of robberies where your cellphone just disappears and is sold for $40 within an hour. If you can’t unlock the device....it’s really not going to be worth much to most crooks. The criminal profit goes to zero.
“this would only kinda make sense if the carrier still owns the phone.
if YOU own the phone, then its your property and you can do whatever you want with it”
... but the manufacturer owns the software, and grants you a license to use it. The license says you can’t unlock without permission.
However, criminal penalties for violating a contract seem pretty rare.
But see that is the whole deal with proprietary Software and Hardware. You DON"T own it, technically you lease it because you are not supposed to resell it without consent. (Though they've lost in court on that one several times.)
But give them time they will make that point illegal also before it is over with.
I have a legally obtained copy of Microsoft Word that came with a Dell Computer I bought last century. That copy has been installed on several successive computers I have owned when I purchased a new one to replace the previous one. I've always removed Word from the older Computers before I placed it on the newer ones. Now I am told by Microsoft I can't do that anymore because I reached my limit and I need to buy a new copy. Sorry but they will not get more money from me. A friend tells me he can crack it so I can use it on my new computer. I will have him do such. I bought the Software, it is mine and Microsoft isn't going to tell me I can't use it anymore!