Posted 11/15/2013 at 9:29 AM
Posted 4 years ago
As of January 2013 in the United States, it is illegal to have a phone unlocked. It was something not uncommon where one could pop into a store and pay a small amount of money to have it done. Phones and other mobile devices are intrinsically tied to contracts exclusively. Whether it is Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, etc., smart devices are locked in with a wireless carrier.
It is now up to wireless carriers in the United States to come to some agreement on the rights of their customers concerning unlocking their phones. If they don’t get their act together the FCC will make a definitive ruling that dictates the absolute policy.
What is front and center is that 100,000 signatures in the nation’s capital of Washington D.C. were collected to change the law thereby making unlocking legal.