This might seem to be a good news all those iPhone users who might have unlocked their carrier-locked devices and most certainly a bad news for all those iPhone users who are still using their carrier-locked devices and have not unlocked it yet!
Because January 26 is the last day of freedom for smartphone unlocking. So if you still want to mess around with your smartphone or get it unlocked, then today is the day! From tomorrow, there will be a new federal mandate after which carrier locked phones cannot be unlocked without the carrier’s permission.
This new rule will have a lot of new results. This rule will definitely impact all those potential customers who are planning to buy a new smartphone after today. Honestly and practically speaking, if someone really wants to get their smartphone unlocked even after this rule has been implemented, it might be really difficult to stop them. But the point of consideration here is that if you are somehow found, or if the carrier is able to find out that you have messed with your smartphone, then the carrier will definitely have an upper hand and might be able to enforce strict action or charges against you.
Carriers have always known that customers intend to unlock their carrier locked smartphone right from the time they buy it. This is something that no one can have a control on and no one can ever completely control and stop this activity.
But on the other side, not this activity will be termed as ‘Illegal’. May be there have been a lot of customers who opted for unlocking in the past since it was not a crime, since it was not considered illegal. But now things have changed. It is quite possible that a large customer base will understand the new rule and prefer to stick to it and follow it. May be the days of unlocking smartphones are over, may be these activities will slow down.
The best way to find out what happens, it to let today pass and then see what happens when the new rule comes into power.