"subsidized wireless phone" is the key here.
That's not exactly the way it is phrased
. That may be your
key, as 'twould be mine own. But. If you unlock - with the concomitant if you get caught
, of course - you are liable for fine, imprisonment, or both - the old geezer didn't include any fine print escapism. The subsidized
bit is so easy to beat it ain't even funny.
Friend of mine went to Verizon with an unlocked phone he'd bought on the Web. They gave him a service contract - and locked his phone into the bargain: no lock, no service. Oh, yeah ... his contract (he discovered later) was ~twenty (20) percent higher than the norm. I dunno, maybe he just looked like an easy mark - actually, he is
- but that's what happened. So, now, even though he bought an unlocked phone, if he unlocks it from Verizon, he's guilty by the Librarian's fiat. Ya can't win, ya can't draw even. Popular opinion overturn? Mebbe ...