Not too long ago, it was illegal to unlock your cellphone. Now, with a lot of hard work, petitions, and making the circuitous route through “the system,” the President of the United States will sign into law legally unlocking your phone.
Cellphone unlocking bill approved by House of Representatives, now moves to receive President’s signature
Having a device be unlocked, whether it is tied to an active contract/agreement or not, has been an issue for quite some time. But recently, there’s been a bigger focus put on the effort from government officials. Now, a new unlocking bill is closer to reality than ever before, as it moves through one stage and into the next.
The US House of Representatives passed a bill that makes cell phone unlocking legal on Tuesday, in response to a White House petition from a year ago.
As you might know, unlocking your iPhone through any means other than your carrier or manufacturer became illegal starting this week under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA prevents unauthorised modification of software, and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been responsible for winning exceptions for jailbreaking and unlocking since the past few years.
While the software unlock scene hasn’t been active since quite some time, there might be some good news for folks who are stuck with on an iPhone baseband that isn’t unlockable.
A number of sites have started selling a permanent iPhone unlock solution that doesn’t need users to jailbreak their iPhone and simply requires the device’s serial number and the IMEI code.