illegality of locked phones when purchased ourright lets take it to the EU

illegality of locked phones when purchased ourright lets take it to the EU.

How can it be legal for any phone manufacturers and network providers to lock your phone to their network when you have supposedly paid for the phone outright ?

recently i bought a phone from virgins phone store, im on pay as you go so I bought the handset outright, when it arrived i discovered the phone was locked to virgin, now one can understand on expensive handsets on contract where your paying off the value of the phone over a period , locking to a network might be acceptable, but when your buying the phone outright it isnt really acceptable to lock it to a network !

we need to take this to the EU, and have this dealt with once and for all, as far as im concerned its as bad as if ford sold petrol and made it so there cars could only run on ford petrol, which was at a premium to another provider.

and this idea that you have to pay £15.00 to unlock a phone from any provider for no apparent reason is also ridiculous. something to do with getting the codes from the manufacturer ? what is that rubbish !

this whole locked phone situation is ridiculous and sucks mega balls, why does the whole of life seem to get spent nowadays trying to negotiate with technological items, which have been designed to deceptively screw us all over for some corporates bottom line.