Carriers Now Have to Agree to Unlock Your Phone Once the Contract's Paid

In the past, one of the most obnoxious things about buying a phone on contract was how carriers could allow or deny requests to unlock it, even after you paid it off. But starting today, once you've paid off your contract or owned a pre-paid phone for a year, all major US carriers have to unlock your phone for you if… » 2/11/15 12:53pm 2/11/15 12:53pm

It Is Now Legal to Unlock Your Phone in the U.S.

As we predicted last week, President Obama has approved and signed the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act," making it once again legal to unlock your phones to use on carriers of your choice. Sen. Patrick Leahy, the main supporter of the bill, confirmed the news via The White House Blog. Of… » 8/01/14 2:58pm 8/01/14 2:58pm

Unlocking Your Phone Is About To Be Legal Again

Looking to overturn a longstanding Library of Congress decision to Fort Knox your gadgets to a specific carrier, the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act" (S.517) just hurdled its second major obstacle on its way to becoming a law. Now, the bill only needs the POTUS' signature and smartphones will… » 7/25/14 2:19pm 7/25/14 2:19pm

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… » 1/29/13 12:00pm 1/29/13 12:00pm

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