Unlocking Your Mobile Phone Is No Longer Legal Without Carrier Permission In The U.S.
Many webmasters are not aware of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which actually changes its terms and conditions and comes into force. The new US law prohibits the unlocking of cellphones starting from January 26th. Starting that day users can’t unlock their devices in the United States and will not be able to use it on yet another mobile carrier. Check out the details after the jump!
Today is the day in the US, DMCA has made some unusual changes by makinh unlocking smartphone illegal in the aforementioned country. If you unlock your cellphone to use on another network in the US, you will apparently be breaking the law. What’s next?
Simply ask your original mobile carrier’s permission to have the device unlocked officially to another mobile network. Actually, this unlocking baseband is not similar to the jailbreaking that you have done with your previous versions of iOS devices (iPhone 4/3GS) and newer devices like iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 and iPad 2/3 or iPad mini.
Jailbreak your device to run modified software and downloading and installing third-party apps will still be legal, but the unlocking of the device without the carriers permission will be affected, means it’s illegal from 26th of January 2013. (Source Mashable)