Feb 27 AT 5:27 PM Dima Aryeh 7 Comments

SIM unlocking may soon be legal again thanks to bill passed by House of Representatives


Last year, it was made illegal to unlock your device for use on other carriers unless you got permission from your operator to do so. Unfortunately, this meant that you were no longer allowerd to unlock your device before your 2-year contract is up. This was a terrible change for consumers, only benefitting the carriers that want to make sure that your phone is useless on other carriers until they’re obsolete. But that might all change very soon.

Yesterday a bill passed through the House of Representatives that would allow SIM unlocking to be legal again. The bill passed with a vote of 295 to 114, which is fantastic news for consumers. However, this bill won’t repeal everything about SIM unlocking that was previously made illegal. The companies that buy devices, unlock them and then resell them may still be banned, though that is ┬ástill up for debate.

It’s good to see that someone has common sense and is fighting for the rights of the consumer. Have you needed to unlock your device recently but have been unable to? Or have you found workarounds? Leave a comment telling us your experiences!

Via: Droid-Life

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • goldenboyrb

    wow… didn’t actually know it was illegal last year. oh well, I didn’t need that crap anyway, my Nexus 4 came unlocked!

    • biggy johnson

      yea a lot of the DMCA stuff was made illegal again in 2010 if i remember properly

  • thel0nerang3r

    It’s sad that this is even required. It does have “mass unlocking” restrictions… meaning that you would have to unlock your phone before you sell it.

  • Fist Oz

    Thank God we never had that in South africa

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  • aryin

    locking our device should be illegal

  • Steve

    What a stupid law. People like to take their phone to other countries. Now you will pau 50x more