There’s a new regulation issued by the Librarian of Congress which makes it illegal to unlock your cellphone.
As of January 26, if you unlock a new cell phone in order to use it with a different carrier, it could land you in jail for 5 years and cost you a half million dollars.
The big phone companies interests are protected by preventing you from changing the settings of your phone.
Who is harmed by this? Everyone who wants to use a different carrier. This would include military personnel who unlock their phones to use them wherever in the world they might be serving.
The article linked at the top contains some good language for a short letter to your congressman, if you’re a techie and like to jailbreak and unlock your gadgets. Check it out!