You own a smartphone, and you want to unlock it so you can take it to a different carrier or use an international SIM card. Yet unlocking your phone yourself, legal for several years, is now against the law.

So you’re mad as hell and you’re not going to take it anymore. But before you grab your pitchfork and head to your local AT&T Wireless store, you should know that the phone-unlocking debate is largely a false one.

You can unlock your phone today, illegally, and feel confident you won’t end up in jail. If you prefer to do it legally, you can just ask your wireless carrier.

AT&T Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon Wireless will all unlock your phone under certain conditions.

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