200611261917A piece of news that may have wider implications than it may at first appear: The Register reports that the US Congress' copyright office has reviewed the 1998 Digital Millenium Copyright Act which prevents unlocking of cellphones in the US and decided that it will now permit mobile phone subscribers to unlock their phones, allowing them to be swap over to rival network providers.

A piece of news that may have wider implications than it may at first appear: The Register reports that the US Congress’ copyright office has reviewed the 1998 Digital Millenium Copyright Act which  prevents unlocking of cellphones in the US and decided that it will now permit mobile phone subscribers to unlock their phones, allowing them to be swap over to rival network providers.

It’s not just the ability to swap networks which intrigues us: so many phones come with carefully controlled software that normally helps the carrier sell value-add services such as video downloads. Will this new ruling allow us to not only swap networks, but hack and even change the software on our phones so they do what we want them to do?

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