Starting December 1, companies won’t be allowed to charge for unlocking your cellphone.
Up to now, the phone you bought from a cellphone company was locked. If you wanted to change service provider but keep your phone, you had to pay to have the phone unlocked.
The change in law means two things:
- Starting December 1, all cellphones will be sold unlocked.
- Cellphones bought before December 1 can be unlocked for free.