Want To Unlock Your Phone? If You’re In The US, Do It NOW!
Here’s the deal. If you’ve got the need to unlock your phone so that you can port it to another carrier, I’d do it very quickly. That’s because next week unlocking your phone in certain circumstances will be illegal in the US:
In October 2012, the Librarian of Congress, who 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 on January 26.
I can see why there would be those who argue that this is the right thing to do. But I would say that all it does is restrict consumer choice. Oh well. I guess your only option is to get a phone that’s unlocked to begin with. Google for one can help you with that. That of course assumes you can find a Nexus 4.