Have you ever bought a cell phone on one carrier and then tried to use it with another carrier? Unfortunately, as you probably know, it doesn’t always work out the way you want with carrier restrictions, etc. Oh, you could do it if you really wanted to, but you had to “jailbreak” your phone, which voided out any warranties and was actually declared illegal at least in the United States in 2012. But should it be illegal when you’ve legally purchased your phone in the first place? After all, it’s your phone – it’s not the wireless carrier’s phone – so why shouldn’t you be able to unlock it to use with whatever network you want? Thankfully, thanks to a new bill ready to become law known as “Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act”, you will be able to legally unlock your phone soon and use it with whatever network you want.
As stated, this is a pretty big reversal of what was originally signed into law back in 2012 which made unlocking your phone a crime.
Set That Phone Free!
The new bill is the result of a lot of people who’ve participated in a lot of activism over the past couple of years, and has already went through the Congress and the Senate. It appears all that’s left before it’ll become law is for President Obama to sign it, thereby completing its journey.
This is definitely a welcome change as sometimes people want to change their network and have until now been (legally) unable to do so. It’s a big enough hassle changing wireless providers without having to worry about getting another phone, especially if you’re happy with one you already have.
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