Many of you might have purchased an iPhone that is locked to a single carrier. This is typically when you buy the device at a subsidised price, and sign a two or three year contract. So here’s a post detailing all the unlocking options you have.
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
In 2013, it was made illegal to unlock smartphones and tablets, which brought on cries of disdain from many Thankfully, some individuals in the government decided to take up the charge on settings things right, and now it looks like the process is one step away from completion. And success.
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.
Earlier this year, a bill was passed to make unlocking cell phones legal. While it was passed, there were some caveats that many couldn’t ignore. Further steps are now being taken on the bill, which is being introduced with a new version.
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.
That was surprisingly quick! The White House has given its official response to the “Make Unlocking Cell Phones Legal” petition, which had received over 100,000 signatures.
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.