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.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced today that the agency has reached a deal with wireless carriers that’ll make it easier for consumers to unlock their mobile phones. This news was reported by Reuters shortly after the FCC statement was released.
Apple has started selling unlocked GSM iPhone 5s on its Online Store in the U.S.
Apple had launched iPhone 5s in the U.S. in September. It has always delayed the launch of the unlocked flagship iPhone in the U.S.Â Last year, Apple had started selling unlocked iPhone 5 on its Online Store on November 30th.
This may be a good sign for iPhone owners in the US. Tom Warren has been at his new job asÂ FCC Chairman for about a week, and he is already taking on the CTIA and the telecommunications companies on the behalf of consumers.Â
While in the early days of the iPhone, software unlocking was quite popular, permanent factory unlocks took them overÂ in popularity due to the unavailability of a software unlock for newer iPhones.
It appears that AT&T is now making it quite difficult for third-party unlock sellers to unlock iPhones in bulk.
The Washington Post reports that the Obama administration has just filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking that all carriers be required to unlock all mobile devices.