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Unlocking Cell Phones Is Once Again Legal

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Aug 1, 2014, 3:50 PM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Aug 1, 2014, 3:52 PM

President Barack Obama today signed into law a bill that makes it legal for Americans to unlock their cell phones. The bill was passed by the Senate and House of Representatives last month. The bill restores a provision in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The provision will be reviewed by the Library of Congress once every three years. Customers will need to meet certain conditions in order to unlock their phones, such as complete their contracts or own their device outright. Unlocked devices can be used on network operators other than the one who sold the device.

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Doom Wolf

Aug 2, 2014, 9:31 AM


Although it shouldn't be ilegal to "unlock" your properties.
You know how it is...
and they always are right 👀
If you purchased the phone at a subsidy and it is still under contract, I think it is still, legally, at best an open question whether or not it belongs to you or to the carrier.
"ilegal ™"
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