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"Unlocking" a Cell Phone Will Be Illegal After Saturday, January 26, 2013

submitted on January 24, 2013 by HouTex in "Products / Gadgets"
The link at reminds us that unlocking your cellphone or tablet will soon become a crime in the U.S. This is based on a new interpretation of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act by the Librarian of Congress, but phones that are sold "unlocked" are not affected by this ruling. The matter may very well end up in court, however, since groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) continue to question whether the DMCA has the right to decide who can unlock a phone.

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T-Mobile’s “bring your own phone” campaign is about to take a bit of a dive as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act will make it illegal to jailbreak and unlock phones. According to the act, it is illegal to unlock both tablets and phones without permission from your wireless provider.

It’ll still be legal to jailbreak/root smartphones, which really leaves this cut off date affecting customers looking to unlock devices and switch carriers.


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