Sprint Wins $2M In Phone Unlocking Beef

By Jacob Fischler (April 20, 2016, 1:44 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge has awarded Sprint $2 million and barred a cellphone retailer from acquiring or selling any Sprint products, saying the distributor's "unlocking" of phones for sale on other wireless networks violated the Lanham Act and other laws.

U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real signed off on a final judgment and permanent injunction Monday against Wireless One Inc. and its executives, after counsel for both sides agreed to the terms in an April 5 filing. Wireless One violated Sprint Solutions Inc.'s terms and conditions by hacking Sprint phones, disabling software that keeps them operable only on Sprint's network and...

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