Hey you, reading this article thinking about unlocking your phone to use on another carrier. What you are about to do is illegal and you will be thrown in jail, FOR-E-VER! That’s kind of a lie. If you bought your phone before Saturday, January 26, 2013, then by all means, unlock your phones and do what you will with them. But if you bought it afterwards, don’t do it because you are not legally allowed to.
This is all part of the DMCA. You are basically breaking copyright by doing this so carriers have been fighting for it to be illegal. Now I don’t know what the punishment would be for something like this and how much it will be enforced especially since phones are starting to come pre-unlocked or carriers like AT&T will unlock your phones after the contract is up.
This part of the DMCA going into affect protects users to allow them to still jailbreak/root their phones for another three years. Notice how I said phones and not devices; it’s actually illegal to jailbreak/root tablets, go figure.
So this whole thing brings up a big issue that everyone points out, who owns the device? Most people will agree that when you buy something you can do whatever you would like to it. Why are we limited when it comes to phones and tablets then? Let me know what you think in the forum!