1. AV2RY's Avatar
    Should be interesting for some of you.

    Consumers in the US should soon be able to legally unlock their phones for use on other wireless networks. The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill this afternoon legalizing cell phone unlocking, following the lead of the US Senate earlier this summer. President Obama came out in support of the policy over a year ago, spurring this activity in Congress, and now all that's left is for him to sign this bill into law.

    "It will provide greater competition and more consumer choice."

    The bill, known as the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act," directs the Library of Congress to allow consumers and third-parties to legally unlock phones that were received through a carrier. Carriers have always been able to unlock these phones on their own, but until recently they often had convoluted and arbitrary rules governing if and when they would actually unlock one.

    Today's legislation will not permanently allow legal phone unlocking, however. The rule will be reconsidered by the Library of Congress once again in 2015 and every three years thereafter unless circumstances should change. It appears unlikely that unlocking will be banned again next year given the wide support for it, but there may be a continued struggle for its legalization in the future.

    "The cell phone unlocking bill has a direct impact on Americans as we become more reliant on our wireless devices," Senate ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) says in a statement. "This bipartisan bill is pro-consumer and pro-competition and allows for greater ease in the portability of devices. It will provide greater competition and more consumer choice."

    Source:
    Unlocking phones in the US will soon be legal | The Verge
    James8561 and xandros9 like this.
    07-25-2014 03:55 PM
  2. xandros9's Avatar
    07-25-2014 09:24 PM
  3. BobLobIaw's Avatar
    Does that mean that ATT customers will be able to buy a Lumia Icon from Verizon off-contract and then immediately unlock it and use it on ATT?
    07-27-2014 10:51 PM
  4. xandros9's Avatar
    Does that mean that ATT customers will be able to buy a Lumia Icon from Verizon off-contract and then immediately unlock it and use it on ATT?
    It doesn't matter, because VZW world phones are unlocked regardless. Anyone can waltz in, buy an Icon, 822, 928, or any other VZW phone with GSM hardware included, and use it on any GSM carrier immediately.

    There are threads talking about this.
    07-28-2014 11:17 AM
  5. BobLobIaw's Avatar
    Thanks. Sorry, I didn't know that but appreciate the information. As an ATT user, I don't really follow all the Verizon news.
    07-28-2014 07:09 PM

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