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Law Changed to
Allow ´Unlocking´ Cellphones

Associated Press, by Staff

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 8/1/2014 5:21:10 PM

Washington - It just got a little easier to swap cellphone providers. President Barack Obama signed a bill into law on Friday making it legal once again to unlock a cellphone without permission from your wireless provider, so long as the service contract has expired. Copyright law prohibits circumventing digital locks on technological devices. But for several years, cellphones were granted an exemption by government copyright lawyers as a way of making it easier for consumers to change carriers and recycle old phones. Then under industry pressure, the Library of Congress — which oversees copyright law — agreed to let the exemption lapse

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Interesting law. I don´t have a cellphone, but sure this effects most who have multiple (new & old).

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: wetenschapper, 8/1/2014 6:12:56 PM     (No. 9949844)

In Europe, by law, cell phones cannot be sold that are locked to a single provider and must have replaceable SIM card. Every year, when we take our vacation back to the US and want phone service there, I have to convince the people at the AT&T phone store that, yes, if they sell us a SIM card, we can simply pop it into our phones and enjoy their service. Now, European cell phone systems use a different frequency than those in the US, but we took care to buy quad-frequency phones that work anywhere.

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