Many people's cellphones are locked
, meaning that their wireless (cellular) functions are restricted to work only on one cell provider's network. A new law took effect in the U.S. this weekend making unlocking illegal in some situations. Contrary to what some of the overly dramatic news headlines might say, cell phone unlocking remains perfectly legal in many situations. All you need to do is get the wireless provider's approval. That can usually be done without much effort when your service contract expires. Check the terms of your contract, too, as provisions are sometimes included allowing you to unlock (for a fee). And to avoid any legal worries, it's always a safe bet to simply purchased an unlocked phone.
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