Once you buy an item you should be able to unlock it, fix it, customize it with out having to ask for permission. And what the big copyright corporations don’t want you to know that by not allowing you to have control over your device it’s also harming the environment. Most phones sold go overseas to be refurbished and re-sold, which can’t happen if they can’t be unlocked from their carriers. This leads to less of a value for older generation phones and increases the amount of phones thrown in the trash as they will be to much of a hassle to sell.
Here’s some figures to show just how much of an impact these phones have on the environment:
Making a single cellphone requires 165 pounds of raw material. – Wired.com
E-waste represents 2 percent of America’s trash in landfills, but it equals 70 percent of overall toxic waste. The extreme amount of lead in electronics alone causes damage in the central and peripheral nervous systems, the blood and the kidneys. -DoSomething.org
For every 1 million cell phones that are recycled, 35,274 pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold, and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered. -DoSomething.org
It is estimated that there are more than 500-600 million used cell phones ready for disposal worldwide. -EcoMarketingSolutions.com