Americans have to ask to unlock smartphones

News Feb 26, 2013

Legal requirement kicks in

Our friends in the United States must now politely ask for permission to unlock their smartphones to enable them to run on more than one network. Which seems a little draconian.

Previously, a change to the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act meant that for a 90-day period, users could unlock phones without permission from their operator, but now that’s expired so it will be illegal to unlock phones without authorisation.

Predictably, an online petition is asking for unlocking without prior permission to be made legal, but don’t expect this to change any time soon.