AT&T: 'We Will Unlock Your Phone'

In a blog post, AT&T clarified its policy on unlocking devices, saying it will release your phone as long as you have fulfilled the terms of your contract and as long as they have the unlock code. How generous: you are free to wander the wild world of carriers once your contract is up. » 3/08/13 2:08pm 3/08/13 2:08pm

White House: You Should Be Able to Unlock Your Phone If You Own It

The White House has responded to a 100,000+ signature petition opposing the recent decision by the Librarian of Congress to remove DMCA exemptions for unlocking cellphones. The official response? You should be able to unlock your phone with no legal penalty. So long as you own your phone. » 3/04/13 1:21pm 3/04/13 1:21pm

Is Unlocking Your Phone Really Illegal?

Legal protection for people who unlock their mobile phones to use them on other networks expired last weekend. According to the claims of major U.S. wireless carriers, unlocking a phone bought after January 26 without your carrier's permission violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") whether the phone is… » 1/29/13 12:00pm 1/29/13 12:00pm

Unlocking Your Phone Is Illegal Starting Tomorrow

You may remember that last year, the DMCA exemption on unlocking phones was smacked down. Well it's going into effect this Saturday. So starting tomorrow, unlocking your phone will be officially illegal. Yay. » 1/25/13 11:51am 1/25/13 11:51am

Why Legal iPhone Unlocking and Jailbreaking Doesn't Matter That Much

People are excited about new US Government rules that say that unlocking and jailbreaking the iPhone or any other cellphone is now legal. I'm happy about it, but it really doesn't matter much to you or me. Here is why. » 7/26/10 1:30pm 7/26/10 1:30pm

Sprint Sprints to be the First to Agree to Phone Unlocking

Sprint has become the first American CDMA wireless company to begin unlocking their hardware once contracts have been honored. The move will allow other unlocked handsets to function on Sprint's network, but whether the reverse will occur with the other carriers is yet to be seen. For ex-Sprint customers who are happy… » 10/27/07 3:15pm 10/27/07 3:15pm

Rumor Smashed: French iPhone's Unlock Status Still Unknown

Although many sites are reporting that the iPhone is coming unlocked in France, quoting an INH article, Apple told us that the piece was based solely off of reading French Law, not from statements by Orange or Apple. The particulars of pricing plans and whether the iPhone will or won't be unlocked is still up in the… » 10/17/07 3:47pm 10/17/07 3:47pm

iPhoneSIMFree Releases First 1.1.1 SIM Unlock, Fixes AnySIM-Bricked…

Click to viewiPhoneSIMFree, the company that released the first GUI iPhone SIM unlock, has just provided an updated version of their SimFree unlocker for iPhone 1.1.1 phones. According to them, they can apply their unlock thanks to the iPhone Dev Team's 1.1.1 Jailbreak. Their new software will work with virgin,… » 10/11/07 4:00am 10/11/07 4:00am

Apple Says Unlocked iPhones Will Brick After Software Update - What…

Not only are certain Apple stores voiding the warranty on hacked and unlocked iPhones, Apple's just released a statement saying the unlock process coupled with a future iPhone update may make your phones a useless brick. Apple "strongly discourages users from installing unauthorized unlocking programs," because the… » 9/24/07 6:53pm 9/24/07 6:53pm