Unauthorized unlocking of smartphones becomes illegal January 26, 2013
For all you guys who cannot commit to one phone for a year or two, I have bad news that will devastate many of you.
Starting Saturday, January 26, 2013, it will be illegal to unlock a brand new smartphone without permission from the carrier that locked it to begin with.
In other words, no one is forcing you to buy locked phones, so there is no need to have to unlock a phone and get caught. There will still be unlocked phones that you are allowed to buy for 90 days or until they are all sold. If you are looking for one it is the time to get them now and don’t wait.
If you already have an unlocked phone you are fine, but if they suspect that you unlocked it after the rule has been set in place you will be facing the consequences. You also may be tracked down if you have an unlocked phone, but have no fear they won’t do nothing unless they suspect you of doing it after the rule has been set.
Just a word to the wise, you may not be caught today or tomorrow, but if you unlock a phone you will eventually be caught. Be very careful about this now because it is much easier to just buy the phone locked and not have to worry about having to pay a hefty fine.