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U.S. Carriers Required to Unlock Paid-off Smartphones

If you’ve paid off your cellular contract, your carrier is now required to unlock your mobile phone upon request. This is part of a 2013 agreement between the FCC and the carriers. The carriers must also unlock prepaid devices after one year of activation, assuming reasonable time, payment, or usage requirements. Contact your carrier for details.

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