US House passes bill to make phone unlocking legal, but keeps “bulk unlocking” illegal

US House passes bill to make phone unlocking legal, but keeps “bulk unlocking” illegal

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.

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Wireless carriers, FCC ink deal that’ll make it easier to unlock a mobile phone

Wireless carriers, FCC ink deal that’ll make it easier to unlock a mobile phone

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.

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Unlocked iPhone 5s now available on Apple’s Online Store in the U.S.

Unlocked iPhone 5s now available on Apple’s Online Store in the U.S.

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. Last year, Apple had started selling unlocked iPhone 5 on its Online Store on November 30th.

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FCC chairman tells CTIA and US carriers to allow phone unlocking or face regulation

FCC chairman tells CTIA and US carriers to allow phone unlocking or face regulation

This may be a good sign for iPhone owners in the US. Tom Warren has been at his new job as FCC Chairman for about a week, and he is already taking on the CTIA and the telecommunications companies on the behalf of consumers. 

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AT&T blocks bulk unofficial iPhone unlocks

AT&T blocks bulk unofficial iPhone unlocks

While in the early days of the iPhone, software unlocking was quite popular, permanent factory unlocks took them over 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.

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White House files Petition with FCC to require Carriers to Unlock Mobile Devices

White House files Petition with FCC to require Carriers to Unlock Mobile Devices

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.

You probably know by now that unlocking a cell phone is illegal in the U.S. as it would be a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

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How to check if your iPhone is Unlocked or Not

How to check if your iPhone is Unlocked or Not

Having your iPhone locked to a carrier can be a pain if you need to switch SIMs. Especially while you’re travelling, and you try slipping in another SIM card only to find that you’re blocked from using it. Knowledge is power, and to be forewarned is to be forearmed. Here’s how to find out, in advance, if your iPhone is locked to your carrier or not.

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T-Mobile To Enable LTE And Visual Voicemail on Unlocked iPhone 5 Via OTA Carrier Update

T-Mobile To Enable LTE And Visual Voicemail on Unlocked iPhone 5 Via OTA Carrier Update

Last week, some folks had figured out a way to enable LTE on an unlocked iPhone 5, which involved installing a jailbreak tweak and loading a custom carrier bundle.

We’ve have some great news for users who are using unlocked iPhone on T-Mobile’s network and are not into hacking. 

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Regional U.S. Carriers Supporting Bill To Make Cell Phone Unlocking Legal

Regional U.S. Carriers Supporting Bill To Make Cell Phone Unlocking Legal

Bloomberg reports that the bill introduced by Senators last week to make cell phone unlocking legal again may get support from small regional carriers.

These carriers hope that by allowing users to unlock their cell phones without carrier permission, will allow them to attract customers after they finish their contract with larger carriers like AT&T, Sprint etc. 

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AT&T Defends its Unlocking Policy

AT&T Defends its Unlocking Policy

AT&T has published a statement on its website clarifying its unlocking policy, saying that the recent ban on cellphone unlocking “will not negatively impact any of AT&T’s customers.”

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