QUICK LINKS:

Cell phone unlocking set to become legal again

Created: 07/25/2014 5:47 PM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

Congress has passed a bill that makes it legal to "unlock" cell phones so the devices can -at least in some instances- be used on other carriers.

The law, which President Obama says he looks forward to signing, undoes a move by the Librarian of Congress in 2012. That made it a copyright violation to unlock a phone without the carrier's permission.

The law passed Friday by the House of Representatives makes it legal to unlock phones for personal use at least until the Librarian's next round of rulemaking, next year. The measure was passed earlier by the Senate.

Unlocking typically involves entering codes on the phone. In more difficult cases, the phone needs to be hooked up to a computer to have new software installed.





News10NBC/WHEC-TV welcomes your opinion and interaction on our website, but please remember to keep it clean. If you're advertising for another business, being profane, vulgar or slanderous your post will be deleted. By commenting on this website, you agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Use. Comments are not pre-screened before they posted.

Flood Watch

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Genesee; Northern Erie; Southern Erie; Wyoming
Expires: 11/26/2014 7:00 AM

Lake Effect Snow Advisory

NY AREAS AFFECTED: Northern Cayuga; Wayne
Expires: 11/21/2014 6:00 PM

Rochester

Broken Clouds
26°
28° | 19°
  • Feels like: 14° F
  • Wind: W 15mph
  • Humidity: 63%
  • Sat Mostly cloudy
    40° | 17°
  • Sun Mostly cloudy
    49° | 34°
  • Mon Showers possible in the afternoon
    59° | 46°
  • Tue Mix of sun and clouds
    42° | 37°