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Is mobile phone unlocking legal?


We would like to assure all of our website visitors that we would never provide an illegal service. Before starting our service, extensive research was carried out into the current international laws regarding mobile devices. 

Unlocking a mobile phone so that it will accept alternative network SIM cards is legal. All mobile phones are manufactured to accept any SIM card. It is consumers legal right to have their phone unlocked!

Please see this notice from the UK police (this site is based in the UK):

In the USA, a recent recommendation by the comission set up to monitor and update the DMCA exempts the reverse engineering of firmware for unlocking purposes from the stringent copyright language of the DMCA. This has effectively made unlocking software completely legal in the USA for a duration of 3 years, after which the decision will be reviewed. The DMCA's report exempting unlock software can be found at this document from the US Copyright Office:

The networks have to provide you with an unlock code if you request it, but they do charge much more than us!

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