New Rule Requires Customers To Get Current Wireless Internet Carrier Permission To Unlock

A new ruling that went into effect on Saturday will change the way cell phone customers go about switching to another wireless internet cellular carrier. According to the new rules, anyone wishing to switch their handset to another carrier must let their current carrier know about their intentions and receive permission from that carrier before they can unlock their handset.

The ruling came down from the Library of Congress, which governs copyright law. It stated that the unlocking of cell phones is not exempt from copyright protection, which could render illegal any unauthorized attempts to unlock. This may help to curb the millions of handsets which are unlocked without authorization and then resold at a much higher price than their subsidized counterparts. However, it has yet to be seen how cell phone customers will react to this new rule.