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It is 'Illegal' to Unlock iPhones Purchased After Saturday

It is 'Illegal' to Unlock iPhones Purchased After Saturday

Posted January 24, 2013 at 9:29pm by iClarified
The U.S. Library of Congress has ruled that unlocking iPhones purchased after January 26th, 2013 is no longer legal.

The ruling which we reported on back in October allows for phones you already have to be unlocked. However, any device purchased over 90 days past the effective date of the ruling (October 28th, 2012) can only be unlocked with the carrier's permission.

Here's the details:

Computer programs, in the form of firmware or software, that enable a wireless telephone handset originally acquired from the operator of a wireless telecommunications network or retailer no later than ninety days after the effective date of this exemption to connect to a different wireless telecommunications network, if the operator of the wireless communications network to which the handset is locked has failed to unlock it within a reasonable period of time following a request by the owner of the wireless telephone handset, and when circumvention is initiated by the owner, an individual consumer, who is also the owner of the copy of the computer program in such wireless telephone handset, solely in order to connect to a different wireless telecommunications network, and such access to the network is authorized by the operator of the network.

This exemption is a modification of the proponents’ proposal. It permits the circumvention of computer programs on mobile phones to enable such mobile phones to connect to alternative networks (often referred to as “unlocking”), but with limited applicability. In order to align the exemption to current market realities, it applies only to mobile phones acquired prior to the effective date of the exemption or within 90 days thereafter.

Notably, the Electronic Frontier Foundations questions the authority of this decision. EFF attorney Mitch Stoltz told TechNewsDaily, "Arguably, locking phone users into one carrier is not at all what the DMCA was meant to do. It's up to the courts to decide."

The same decision also made jailbreaking your iPad 'illegal' as well. More details can be found here. Remember this only applies to citizens of the U.S.A.

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It is 'Illegal' to Unlock iPhones Purchased After Saturday
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garnetgg - September 4, 2013 at 5:56pm
For everybody that want to unlock their AT&T phones, just google attiphoneunlocking, they unlock all AT&T phones up to date, including the newest iphone 5
Jim - May 10, 2013 at 2:23pm
Watch out for those 5 dollar unlock sites, they are all SCAM
rowen - April 25, 2013 at 2:20pm
Well, I have used unlockaniphone.org for unlocking my 4s, but it took them more than 5 weeks to do it, such a waste of time. Then went back the attiphoneunlocking, which is the site mentioned by adam, they did the job quite well in 2 hours, and that's what surprised me.
adamfoster - March 25, 2013 at 4:01pm
I have unlocked my att 4s at attiphoneunlocking.com they did it in 4 hours, I personally think that making the iphone unlockable isn't appropriate already, so, what's the big deal about unlocking it?
Bossman - February 25, 2013 at 1:48am
In the land of the unlockable, the one eye nexus is king!
Greg - January 29, 2013 at 2:54am
lol www.helpunlock.me is still unlocking att iphones, better hurry.
Doug Erest
Doug Erest - January 27, 2013 at 11:43pm
I know a bunch of MVNO that relie on unlocked GSM phones to operate.... wait and see
CONGRESS - January 27, 2013 at 3:36am
DIDN'T REALIZE THAT APRIL FOOL COMES IN JANUARY. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS...NICEEEE...LOL It's actually the other way around, to avoid monopoly of the service, Unlocking is allowed to provide flexability to the competing services. The law pass over 10 years ago and it has since been the way of telecommunications.
Ryan - January 27, 2013 at 12:24am
Lol @ your english.
Khan Daddy
Khan Daddy - January 27, 2013 at 3:39am
Look son, stop hating on the free countries. We will eventually be allow to come of of our house after 8PM. Your mom Chaka Khan is making your favorite, goat and cheese... come to dinner baby?
livefreeordiehard - January 26, 2013 at 10:43pm
more dumb laws coming soon. keep your eyes open
chet - January 26, 2013 at 1:16pm
Could someone please explain to me how the Library of Congress is able to create law? Congress, yes, but the Library? And who exactly is this individual or group endowed with this power. As if I care anyway as I will do with my phone as I wish.
Ching Chong
Ching Chong - January 26, 2013 at 6:21am
Who cares. I buy it. I do whatever. Gives a shit. Don't let govt tell u what to do.
Susan Padilla
Susan Padilla - January 25, 2013 at 9:59pm
We do not want iPhone unlocking to be illegal because we can't afford AT&T bills and they are too high ... This is becoming a monopoly
m_thoroughbred - January 25, 2013 at 11:08pm
You only have the phone locked to a carrier if you don't pay full price for the phone. Pay full price and you can use it with most carriers.
Baxter - January 25, 2013 at 7:49pm
What's the difference? There's no unlock or hint of any coming for the latest iPhones/iOS anyway? You're stuck asking the carrier to unlock it if you're eligible.
m_thoroughbred - January 25, 2013 at 11:05pm
That's not true there are websites that unlock phones for a small fee I know I have unlocked 3 iPhone 5
Dan - January 25, 2013 at 5:13pm
Too many people bitchin! Who cares if they make it illegal! The software to jailbreak n unlocking will always b out there...
iH85CH001 - January 25, 2013 at 3:31pm
What is the penalty and what about iPods?
Jp - January 25, 2013 at 2:26pm
The land of the free.....!! Lol
mavrik101 - January 25, 2013 at 2:24pm
TT - the Rothchild family has no control over me. I am reply to your comment purely of my own free will.
Amir - January 25, 2013 at 11:54am
that's funny, while in other countries selling a locked phone is illegal, in US it is the opposite.
thevmax - January 25, 2013 at 12:08pm
Keith - January 25, 2013 at 10:25am
Guess what library of congress, it's my phone. So I'll do whatever I want with it whenever I want.
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