"Unlocking Cell Phones Will Be Illegal In The US Starting Saturday
Yannick LeJacq | January 25 2013 11:58 AM
The practice of configuring a mobile phone to avoid specific carrier network restrictions known as “unlocking” will become illegal in the U.S. on Saturday. (1-26-13)................
The Librarian of Congress has the power to determine what exemptions can be allowed to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA. But as Mashable reports, technology activists are beginning to question the law and the amount of discretion that the Librarian of Congress was granted to determine its application.
"Unlocking" a phone essentially involves removing security features that keep the phone locked into a particular mobile carrier network; once unlocked, a phone can therefore work across multiple carrier networks. ...for users travelling internationally, it allows them to use their phones across different networks without racking up exorbitant carrier fees."