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According to Congress it is illegal to unlock your phone; but do not worry, it is  completely legal to unlock your bootloader and load custom software onto it.  Now before all you phone junkies get into a rage about this there is  something you should know. It is only illegal if you are under contract with your carrier such as Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T or any other mobile carrier.  This does make a lot of sense; you sign a contract then you have to abide by the stipulations. Once your contract has expired then it is completely legal to unlock your phone and use any carrier your heart desires.

This law has made a lot of people very mad and has been called “the most ridiculous law of 2013.”  People find it to be an outrageous violation of people’s rights, but is it really? Again it is only considered illegal if your still bound to your carrier contract and that makes sense. In my opinion I think the law is just and should be put in place as it has. The law may be just in my opinion but there is one major flaw in the law that I have yet to mention. The repercussions of violating the law is a $500,000 fine and 5 years jailtime. That is absolutely ridiculous, could you imagine being in jail and somebody asking you the famous “what are ya in for?” and you having to answer “oh I got 5 years for unlocking my phone”.  Not only that but you’d get out of jail after those five years and be in debt for probably the rest of your life from the $500,000 fine you received on top of the jailtime.

So what’s your opinion folks? Do you think the law is necessary and needed? Or do you think the law is a violation of rights and just ridiculous? Let us know in the comments.

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Nicholas Terry

Nicholas Terry

(Author) - I am currently attending college to receive my degree in Computer Science with a pipe dream to someday work at Google. I love everything about android and smartphones and always love learning more about them or anything else tech wise. I also love developing Android apps and learning new types of code in my spare time. My current devices I use are my LG Optimus G and Nexus 7, Pebble watch is still on the way.
Nicholas Terry