New law gives consumers more autonomy over their mobile devices

08/3/2014 | Hill, The · Computerworld · CNET

Consumers will now be able to switch mobile phone providers without being forced to give up their devices. On Friday, President Barack Obama signed the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which passed through Congress last month and reverses a ruling that cellphone unlocking violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Specifically, the law, which may need to be revisited next year when its DMCA exemption expires, makes it legal for users to update the software on their phones to make them compatible with other carriers.

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