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Unlocking your phone: Petition started to make it legal

In case you've somehow missed the news over the past week or so, unlocking your smartphone to use on the carrier of your choice is now illegal. Even a phone you've purchased yourself. We can't do what we want with our own smartphone! Our coverage yesterday confirms just how bad of a taste that left in many of our readers mouths, so today we found a petition started to change the ridiculous law. More details after the break.

PSA: Unlocking your phone is illegal starting today

In case you haven't heard, starting today it will be illegal for users to unlock their phone. Yes a device you've actually paid for. While this has absolutely nothing to do with root, jailbreak, and tweaking phones like we all love to in the Android Community, it's still a shame. Thanks to some edits and tweaks made the the DMCA back in October it's now illegal to unlock a phone without carrier consent.

Motorola has no plans to unlock older devices

Sadly I'm not really surprised with the news that just landed in our tip box this afternoon. Motorola has just released an informal statement over on Twitter regarding the bootloader unlock process they've recently released. Today they've confirmed that older devices will not get their bootloaders unlocked.

Motorola finally unlocking bootloaders – for real this time

Great news! And yes it's actually true although we've heard Motorola sing this tune before. Today they've announced that starting with their new Motorola PHOTON Q they'll be unlocking bootloaders. On a very brief Blog post Motorola outlines that they'll also offer this to other devices in the future too -- but who knows how long that will take. We can probably all thank Google for this too.

AT&T HTC One X gets its bootloader unlocked

If you're the type that enjoys tweaking your Android smartphone (who doesn't) and have recently purchased the HTC One X we have good news today. After we reported on AT&T's efforts to lock down the bootloader it appears that they've failed because the trusty XDA developers have already got a solution. You can now safely and easily unlock the AT&T HTC One X bootloader using the method below.

Reminder: Unlock HTC One S and X bootloaders at HTCDev

So T-Mobile finally released their new HTC One S and you're loving it right? Then AT&T's One X will arrive in a few days and the next step for any die hard Android fan would be to unlock the bootloader, root the phone and get ready for some awesome developer ROM's to arrive. Just like most of HTC's current phones you can easily and safely unlock the bootloader with HTC's developer site.

All cellphones in Chile must be sold unlocked

Though this doesn't specifically refer to Android, it undoubtedly applies to every cellphone in Chile. Active immediately Monday, January 16th, all phones sold within the country must be unlocked to use on any mobile phone company. The announcement was made by the Department of Telecommunicaitons of Chile, Subtel today.
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