[olug] [ot] not sure on the details

Benjamin Watson bwatson1979 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 6 14:25:32 UTC 2010

I'd be curious to see how far this goes.  Warranties are intended to
protect the consumer against product defects but usually have a
stipulation that the consumer use the device "as designed" or "in
accordance with the user manual"; but usually stated in some cryptic

By rooting my phone and overclocking, I am now using the device above
and beyond its design and, as a result, can cause hardware damage.  I
can understand why these types of actions void a warranty.  Similarly,
I don't expect a warranty on a new car's drive train to be valid if I
swap the engine out for something with more HP.

On Sun, Dec 5, 2010 at 2:53 PM, Luke-Jr <luke at dashjr.org> wrote:
> On Thursday, December 02, 2010 06:25:02 pm Benjamin Watson wrote:
>> Didn't the Supreme Court  allow us to "jailbreak" our iDevices,
>> phones, etc legally?  The fact that by doing so, you void your
>> warranty, remains the same (which is totally understandable).
> Actually, while companies like to claim that modifying software voids your
> warranty, I don't think this clause is actually legal. I believe there's a law
> on the books that only allows companies to void warranties if they can show
> non-authorized maintenance actually did damage-- they can't void it just
> because you didn't let them do some work on it. If they want to offer
> something warranty-like on the condition that you only use their support, it's
> called a 'support contract'...
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