Unlocking bill passes through Senate with ‘unanimous consent agreement,’ now moves to the House

Unlocking bill passes through Senate with ‘unanimous consent agreement,’ now moves to the House

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.

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New iCloud Removal service bypasses Apple’s Activation Lock feature

New iCloud Removal service bypasses Apple’s Activation Lock feature

In iOS 7, Apple added a anti-theft feature called Activation Lock to the Find My iPhone service, which ties your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with your Apple ID so that your lost or stolen iOS device, cannot be used or restored without the login credentials.

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Further steps taken on the cell phone unlocking bill, bulk unlocking takes a focus

Further steps taken on the cell phone unlocking bill, bulk unlocking takes a focus

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.

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Sprint to make all devices domestically unlockable from February 11, 2015

Sprint to make all devices domestically unlockable from February 11, 2015

Sprint has updated its unlocking policy, which now states that it will make all devices launched after February 11, 2015 unlockable so that they can be used on other domestic networks such as AT&T or T-Mobile.

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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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