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As noted by "TechNews" (http://tinyurl.com/bfqxxda), as of Jan. 26, it will be illegal to unlock a new mobile phone.
In October 2012, the Librarian of Congress, which determines exemptions to a strict anti-hacking law called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), decided that unlocking mobile phones would no longer be allowed. But the librarian provided a 90-day window during which people could still buy a phone and unlock it. That window closes this Saturday.