(TechSmash) – Have you been wanting to switch phone providers, but have been held back because your phone is locked to your carrier? Yes? Well, you are one of many who will appreciate this news. Today marks the deadline for phone carriers to implement the ability for users to unlock their phone, which allows them to take their phone to other carriers.

Back in 2013, carriers and the CTIA–The Wireless Association have agreed to allow the ability for customers to unlock their phones. According to fcc.org:

In 2014, CTIA-The Wireless Association adopted six standards on unlocking into the CTIA’s Consumer Code for Wireless Service. The new standards, which are fully in effect among all nationwide mobile service providers as of Feb. 11, 2015, give consumers greater freedom and flexibility while increasing incentives for service providers to innovate.


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