Illegal: Unlocking a New Phone for use With Other Networks
If you have purchased a phone before January 26th 2013, then you don’t need to worry about this new rule that has come into place. However, for those that buy a new phone from now on, it will be illegal to unlock a phone for use with other network.
Most people tend to unlock phones for a couple of reasons, the main one of course it to use the phone with any other network, the second it to switch network when you are abroad to help save money on global roaming charges.
It also helps networks keep your custom and prevent you from switching to another network.
Now, this is where it gets a little confusing. The new rule is only aimed at the US at the moment but could be coming to the UK soon, but if you chose to buy an unlocked phone direct from a network you aren’t breaking the law.
This rule only applies to phones that you unlock yourself, or have been unlocked by some other member of the public.
If you break the law and jailbreak your phone, the fine will be between $2,500 and $500,000 depending on the severity of the case. The ultimate punishment is prison.
What do you think about this new rule?