SIM unlock: In the U.S. may SIM lock since the weekend with new smartphones and mobile phones will only be repealed with the consent of the provider. This significant limitation of the current regime had decided the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress in late October 2012, the 90-day transitional regime on 26 January expired.
Many customers in the U.S. will be the default, which was explained among other things by the New York Times, more closely tied to their providers. In contrast, applies an online petition to the U.S. government on the platform of “We the People”.
In a blog entry, the cellular association CTIA meanwhile presented their point of view and down to possible penalties. Accordingly, for the “liberation” of a mobile phone, up to $ 2500 penalty. Those who do this voluntarily and for financial gain risked even criminal penalties to several years in prison.