Unlocking Cellphones Becomes Illegal Saturday

Tech News Daily: The clock to unlock a new mobile phone is running out. In October 2012, the Librarian of Congress, who determines exemptions to a strict anti-hacking law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), decided that unlocking mobile phones would no longer be allowed. But the librarian provided a 90-day window during which people could still buy a phone and unlock it. That window closes on January 26.

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alifayyazmalik1914d ago

is it only for us or all over the world?

Speed-Racer1913d ago

Ask yourself this. Is the world ruled by the DMCA? If yes, then it applies to the rest of the world. If no, it does not.

DivineHand1251912d ago

This is for the people who will buy the phone on the 2 year contract then switch carriers before the contract is up. To make this illegal must mean that migrating to other provides might be a serious threat to their business.

fatstarr1912d ago

this is why people just steal, why should I pay into restrictions for using a product...

2pacalypsenow1909d ago

Because you choose to buy the phone with its restrictions.

LOOK_AT_THIS_I1912d ago

Did they not learn from the last time. Some people just like getting targets put on them. If the govt wants to regulate something how about the charger ports like in other countries. Christ I can't use an iPhone 3G car charger on my iPhone 4S that has the exact same plug now they create another different adapter for the iPhone 5. I'm thinking a visit to the Cydia store is about in order rather than any more trips to the sorry ass iTunes.

kingPoS1912d ago

Yay!! more restrictions... what next banning you from using 3rd party accessories?

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