Lock Down

Alleven, Monica
January 2007
Wireless Week;1/15/2007, Vol. 13 Issue 2, p18
Trade Publication
The article reports on the U.S. Copyright Office's ruling over mobile phone locking. In late 2006, the copyright office gave a 3-year exemption to its rules to allow consumers to legally get their phones unlocked if they prefer it. Phone locking has been used by providers to prevent users from taking their phones to other networks and to avoid the costs of heavy phone subsidies. The exemption was pleaded by the Wireless Alliance to decrease the number of handsets in garbage.


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