It will be illegal to unlock your smart phone after January 26, 2013

The Librarian of Congress ruled in October of 2012 that certain actions involving mobile phones were illegal under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Unlocked Samsung Note IIThe Librarian of Congress ruled in October of 2012 that certain actions involving mobile phones were illegal under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The rules were revised to state that while it is legal to jailbreak smartphones, it is illegal to jailbreak tablets and illegal to unlock phones without permission from your wireless provider. A 90-day window was put in place that allowed consumers to purchase a phone and unlock it, however that window closes on January 26th. Note that jailbreaking is different from unlocking. Jailbreaking opens the phone up to run additional software. That will still be legal for smartphones after January 26th. Unlocking removes the restriction tying a phone to a particular carrier freeing the user to use a carrier of their choice.

 

However, the deadline is meaningless to some. For example, both Apple and Verizon sell unlocked iPhone 5s for a hefty unsubsidized price while AT&T will unlock a phone once it is out of contract. In any case, if you want to legally unlock your smart phone, now is the time to do it legally.

Nokia Lumia 810 and 820 review

Nokia managed to implement Windows 8 Mobile into a sleek, modern handset that’s comfortable to hold and use. The use of tiles makes one handed use of the phone easy and efficient.

Nokia is making a big gamble by choosing Microsoft Windows 8 Mobile as the OS for their line of smart phones. The fate of this once dominant player in the mobile space is tied closely to the success or failure of the Windows OS. By most accounts, adoption of Windows 8 has been less than stellar but Microsoft and Nokia marches on. Whether you like it or not, Windows 8 is here to stay and Windows 8 Mobile is a serious contender. It’s not the juggernaut that is iOS or Android but there may be a niche for a third mobile OS.

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Mugen Power extended battery for Samsung Galaxy Note II packs days of power

As mobile phone manufacturers pack more and more CPU cores into smartphones, the need for larger batteries become increasingly obvious.

As mobile phone manufacturers pack more and more CPU cores into smartphones, the need for larger batteries become increasingly obvious. Samsung’s Galaxy Note series has been a runaway global success.

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Sprint Guardian brings parental controls to mobile phones

Sprint Guardian is a suite of services and Android apps to help parents monitor and control up to four Sprint phones.

In a recent story,  Janell Hoffman gave her thirteen-year old son Greg Hoffman an Apple iPhone for Christmas along with an 18-point contract outlining the terms of use. The reaction was mixed with people debating the validity of various points as either too controlling or on-point. The story became viral in part because parental control of their children’s phone usage has been a hot debate for the last several years. With the processing power of smart phones exceeding some computers, smart phones can be a tool or a burden. Many fear today’s generation is becoming slave to their mobile devices. While the debate rages on on many fronts, Sprint has been working on leveraging mobile technology to try and solve some of the more common problems facing parents as it pertains to smart phone usage.

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