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U.S. carriers meet voluntary deadline for unlocking mobile phones

Matt Hamblen | Feb. 13, 2015
Unlocking a mobile phone from a single U.S. carrier has caused consumers headaches in recent years, but seven major carriers on Wednesday met a voluntary, industry-created deadline to set conditions for unlocking to occur.

The FCC posted a description of cell phone unlocking on its website. According to the website, many devices can be unlocked by obtaining unlock codes from a carrier, or through a software update. The FCC also posted an FAQ that notes that most consumers should assume they purchased a locked phone unless it was specially sold as "unlocked." Some carriers will complete the unlocking process in-store while others will unlock them remotely and automatically.


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