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Senate passes bill to fully legalize cellphone unlocking in the U.S.

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Early last year an exemption in the DMCA expired, essentially making cellphone unlocking illegal in the United States without written consent from the service provider the phone was locked to. While most major carriers will indeed unlock phones at request as long as the contract tied to the device is expired, the terms (and fees) involved with the process is often unclear for many consumers. Since unlocking became illegal, we’ve written various articles about how members of the Senate, House of Reps, White House and even the FCC have been looking to solve the problem, though up until now the…