As noted by “TechNews” (, as of Jan. 26, it will be illegal to unlock a new mobile phone.

In October 2012, the Librarian of Congress, which 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 this Saturday.