A controversial new US law goes into effect on Saturday 26 January which prohibits cell phone users from unlocking their devices so they can be used with another carrier. The new law, which is overseen by the Librarian of Congress, is part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and is applicable to all newly purchased mobile phones purchased after January 26.
Haven’t we come far enough with technology that such a thing as SIM cards shouldn’t matter anymore? What is a SIM card and why is it so important?
The advent of cell phones and smartphones made us all very used to being able to call, send messages and emails from everywhere, and being available no matter where we are. This is undoubtedly useful, but it can also be overwhelming at times. Would you consider shutting off your phone for an entire day, or would that be too much to bear?
AT&T will unlock any of their customers’ devices if their account and device meet several conditions, which are detailed in full in an AT&T company blog post headed “Bottom line: We Unlock Our Customers’ Devices”. This comes as a response to a controversial U.S. law that prohibits cell phone users from unlocking their phone so they can be used with another carrier.