FCC Deems Cell Phone Unlocking Legal!
As Ron Burgundy would say "This is what's happening in your world, tonight." Recently the FCC has made the unlocking of phones to use on networks that are unintended, legal. I'm willing to bet a majority of the people out there who bought or sold unlocked BlackBerry's had no clue that what they were doing was technically against the law. It was a debate over the security of devices on other networks as well as copyright laws by manipulating the OS to use those devices on other networks that made it a decision in the first place. The FCC ultimately decided that it wasn't a copyright infringement to unlock or jailbreak your phone.
I would like to point out however, that just because the FCC made it legal to use unlocked phones on different networks, it doesn't mean that phone companies have to respect this decision. It is still under their rights to disallow unlocked phones on their network. But lets just say Verizon or AT&T changed their policies and opened their doors to allow those phones that are unlocked on their networks; I have a feeling this would end up creating a falling domino effect with other networks. This would happen simply because it will be popular amongst that one network who allowed unlocked phones.
So, I've setup a poll out of curiosity as to how many of you actually knew that unlocking your phones was illegal. I'll be honest, I've sold numerous phones on eBay that were unlocked and I never had a clue that what I was doing illegal; I actually don't even think that eBay knows it was illegal either because there was a category made specifically for unlocked phones. This just goes to show though, that the FCC nor any cell phone provider ever made an example out of someone who used an unlocked phone or threw a fit over the fact that people do it, aside from Steve Jobs (Apple) - Go figure.