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November 23, 2006

Congress Puts a Stop To Locked Cellphones

by Darla

US wireless subscribers will be happy to know that the US copyright office will now allow mobile subscibers to unlock their phones making them usable to rival network providers. 

We GSM users have been doing this for quite some time now, but rival CDMA providers such as Alltel and US Cellular in my area were completely stuffy when it came to this.  Both providers offered the Nokia 6255i but you couldn't leave one and go to the other with it.  This is something that they ruled out sometime last year but now I guess they have to change that.  Providing that this applies to CDMA carriers.

With GSM carries its more likely to get your hands on an unlocked phone, but I think the big issue here will be trying to bypass the certain provider software that is in fact installed on the phones from providers such as Cingular.

[via:  The Register]

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