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Device unlocking bill narrowly passes House

Those advocating for the freedom to unlock their carrier provided devices might soon be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. The Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, H.R. 1123 has just passed voting in the House, but last minute changes almost caused it to fail.

New FCC Chairman wants unlocking devices to be easier

Late last year, we were embroiled in debate considering what ownership of a mobile device was. By blocking us from unlocking a device without permission from our carriers, the Library of Congress opened up a can of worms. While an important step in understanding our relationship with the carrier, it infuriated many consumers.

Sony Xperia Z1 unlocked bootloader camera issue confirmed

It is quite rare for smartphone manufacturers to officially and directly support procedures that could potentially damage a device, so it is only fitting to applaud those that do, such as Sony with its Xperia phones. Unfortunately, things aren't so peachy and Sony has confirmed an issue when unlocking the bootloader of the newly announced Xperia Z1.

AT&T will unlock your mobile phone

The topic of mobile phone unlocking has been rather hot since it became illegal back on January 26. Regardless of how many people actually plan to unlock a phone, it seems that this is a topic that is not ready to go away. We have seen everything from a petition to the White House to talk from the FCC chairman and even the Wireless Consumer Choice Act. Basically, it seems that everyone wants this decision to be reversed. In fact, we are now hearing from AT&T on this very subject.

White House responds: It’s time to legalize phone unlocking – and tablets

This afternoon the White House has responded to the ongoing debate regarding unlocking our smartphones for use on other carriers. Their official response shows support for the consumer to have the choice should they please once they're no longer on contract, and the White House even mentions tablets. For those worried that unlocking cell phones is now illegal, read on for more details.

FCC chairman talks cell phone unlocking and current ban

As of late January it became illegal to unlock your phone. This came as a result of some changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that were actually put in place back in October 2012. Basically, as it stands now -- you are not allowed to unlock your phone. That simply means that you cannot buy a phone for one carrier and unlock it for use on another carrier.
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